NDA to introduce income insurance scheme: Rajnath

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustantimes.com, Bhangala (Hoshiarpur)
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2014 07:52 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party national president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said if voted to power at the Centre, the National Democratic Alliance government would start farm income insurance scheme for farmers which would enable them to get their farm income back even if their crop got damaged.

Addressing a rally in favour of Vijay Sampla, the BJP candidate from Hoshiarpur, the BJP president said the scheme would be different from the already existing Crop Insurance Scheme, ensuring farmer benefit in any case.

Taking a dig at Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rajnath said the UPA government unleashed one after another scam, involving the word 'G'.

"2G, 3G, CWG (Commonwealth Games) scams, and most importantly, the Jija G (Robert Vadra) scam— the UPA did everything to loot this country," said Rajnath.

"During my tenure as the agricultural minister in the Vajpayee-led government at the Centre, I had prepared the formula to implement this scheme but the government changed. Under this scheme, the government will calculate before sowing the minimum benefits farmers will get from the crop. In case, the crop is damaged fully or partially by rains, hailstorm or excessive sun, the government will pay for it accordingly," he said.

He accused the UPA government of all the ills the farming community was facing in the country.

The Centre would bear 75% of the total payments under insurance whereas 25% of payments will be borne by the state under the scheme, Rajnath said.

To attract the unemployed youth to start their own business ventures, the NDA government would also give easy loans on 2-3% interest, he added.

Defending BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, accused by the Congress and other political parties of being a polarising figure, the BJP president said the Gujarat chief minister was the only leader in the political history of India who had become the target of scathing attacks from his political opponents.

"But after every attack, he has emerged as a stronger leader. This is the kind of stature he has attained. The country needs him desperately," he said.

State BJP chief Kamal Sharma, former ministers Manoranjan Kalia, Master Mohan Lal, Arunesh Shakar and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna were also present on the occasion.

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