Rajasthan studying farm loan waiver by other states, says agriculture minister
Decision on complete loan waiver will be taken based on a report to be submitted by a 11-member committee that is studying the farm loan waiver schemes announced by other statesjaipur Updated: Oct 26, 2017 16:24 IST
The Rajasthan government is studying farm loan waiver announced by other states so that a “fair solution” could be reached in the interest of farmers in the state, agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini said Thursday. The government has appointed an 11-member committee to look into the matter, he informed the assembly.
Replying to queries during Question Hour, Saini said that the government was committed for the welfare of farmers, who comprise 75 per cent of the state’s population.
“Various farmer organisations have submitted memorandum to the state government on 57-points including complete loan waiver. To find a fair solution, an 11-member high power committee has been formed on the directions of chief minister Vasundhara Raje,” he said.
Saini said that the committee would submit a report after studying the loan waiver announced by other states. A team has also been sent to Karnataka for the study. Suitable action would be taken based on the committee’s report.
The minister said that government was working in the direction of the loan waiver for farmers but no decision in haste will be taken. “We want to present a good example in the country and the work in this direction is going on,” he said.
The minister said the government has already waived off mandi fee of Rs 100 crore on purchase of crops on minimum support price (MSP).
He also informed the House that government has already implemented 85 per cent MS Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations.
In his question, independent MLA Nandkishore Maharia asked a clear reply from the minster whether the government will waive farmers’ loan or not.
Noisy scenes were witnessed when the government deputy chief whip Madan Rathore objected to Maharia when the latter referring to BJP’s election manifesto said that the party had promised to declare minimum support price (MSP) of all crops. Rathore said that the BJP did not promise to declare the MSP of ‘all’ crops.
Saini said the MSP was decided by the Government of India based on agriculture cost and value commission for food grain that are consumed throughout the country, have long shelf life and are associated with food security. He said said all state governments purchase crops such as wheat, moong, urad, soybean etc on MSP and Price Support Scheme (PSS).
He said, moong and bajra crops have been included within the ambit of MSP. Letters were written to Government of India on October 14, 2014, April 22, 2015 and July 4, 2017 requesting it to include other crops such as henna, chaula, gwar, jeera, coriander, garlic, isabgol, gwarpatha (aloevera), arandi (castor) within MSP’s ambit, he added.