Cong promises loan-waiver scheme for farmers, if voted to power

NEW DELHI: The Congress today said that if voted to power, it would come out with a loan-waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers similar to that announced by the UPA Government in 2009.
Adopting a resolution on “Agriculture, Employment and Poverty Alleviation” at the party’s 84th plenary session, it hit out at the Modi Government for its “flawed” and “anti-farmer” policies that have caused an “agrarian crisis” in the country.
The resolution, moved by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, expressed concern over the “failure” of the Central Government to deliver on its “lofty” promises and accused it of “duping” farmers “by making empty noises of doubling farm incomes by 2022”.
The party claimed the scheme of the UPA Government in 2009 had benefited 3.2 crore farmers.
The crop insurance scheme of the Modi Government benefited private insurance companies more than the farmer, it said, alleging that the money was taken away from farmers’ bank accounts without their consent.
Alleging that there were rising levels of income inequality due to “anti-poor” policies of the Government, the party said the BJP had promised ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, but it acted contrary to their slogan.
The Congress said if the party formed the Government after the general elections next year, it would set up a permanent commission for farm labour welfare with a constitutional status to guarantee social security at old age. (AGENCIES)