MP CM Chouhan announces farmers’ entrepreneur scheme in talk show Dil Se
The chief minister also announced that all the pending cases of transfer, division and demarcation of land which are undisputed will be completed in three months’ time.bhopal Updated: Aug 14, 2017 07:38 IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced loans for farmers and their wards under an entrepreneurship scheme, in his maiden talk show, Dil Se, akin to Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address, Mann Ki Baat.
Chouhan in his about 40-minute speech announced a farmers entrepreneur scheme under which farmers’ sons and daughters will be given loans from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 2 crore with 15% grant and 5% grant on interest for 5 years.
Chouhan’s announcement seeks to douse fires over the killing of five farmers in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6 during an agitation seeking higher prices for their produce.
Youth will also be provided loans with the help of banks to establish custom processing centres where farmers can get their produce cleaned and graded with value addition to the same.
They will get 40% grant on a loan up to Rs 25 lakh. There will be 1,000 such centres in the first phase, he announced.
He reiterated his concern over the plight of farmers caused by “bumper production” and low prices of onion, pulses, etc. in mandis.
Dubbing farmers as ‘anndata’ (providers), he promised strict action against government personnel who delay decisions on revenue matters.
The chief minister also announced that all the pending cases of transfer, division and demarcation of land which are undisputed will be completed in three months’ time.
Chief secretary BP Singh will review the status of all pending cases during his meeting at divisional headquarters.
However, if a farmer claims that his pending work was not disposed after three months despite it being undisputed, he will be given suitable rewards and the amount will be deducted from the salaries of the concerned government employee(s), against whom punitive action also will be taken.
Given the difficulties in purchase of agriculture produce like pulses, onion, farmers would be given the difference of amount between the support price and the price of sale in the market directly to farmers’ bank accounts, he promised, adding that an assessment of the agriculture produce will precede the same.
Leader of opposition Ajay Singh said instead of copying Prime Minister Modi and indulging in wastage of money and political gimmicks, CM should tell farmers what he actually did for them in the past 12 years of his rule and why he failed to check suicides of farmers.
The talk show was aired on All India Radio and Doordarshan throughout the state.