Gehlot balms farmers, counters FM’s pitch

- CM hits at Central government, claims package has nothing for landless labours and urban poor

- Also gives approval to several pro-farmer proposals including loan at just 3 per cent interest

Jaipur: With Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Finance Anurag Thakur holding press conference for the consecutive third day over the special package announced by Union Government, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hit out at the FM’s announcements claiming ‘there is nothing for the landless labours and urban poor in this package’.

The Chief Minister took to twitter on Friday after the FM’s presser and said in a series of tweets, “It is the third day of FM’s announcements about Rs 20 lakh crore rescue package. The first thing the FM should have done was to give a complete breakup of the numbers, figures, details regarding the package. It is important for transparency, clarity & for understanding the impact. States have not been given any financial assistance even though the entire expenditure on fighting #COVID19, enforcing #lockdown, providing support to migrants, labours and relief to the poorest has had to be borne by states. When the GDP is dipping into deep recession and is predicted to grow at -3 % this year, more than 14 crore people have lost jobs , large number of people are living at near starvation level, Govt of India has given a package 90% of which is in the form of Bank loans.

It is clear that there is nothing for the landless labours and the Urban poor in these packages.”

While the union government delved deeper into its package and announced what it had kept aside for farmers, CM Gehlot made announcements for farmers from state’s quota as well. The Chief Minister gave approval to various proposals like providing loans at low interest rates to farmers, decentralized sale of produce and better purchase price of produce.

Gehlot has approved a grant of fifty crore rupee per year in the Sehkar Kissan Kalyan Yojna. “With this, farmers will be able to take loan at just three percent interest rate while the state government will bear the remaining ten percent through Krishak Kalyan Kosh/ earlier only two percent loan was borne by state government” Gehlot said.

Under the scheme, farmers will be assessed on the basis of market value or support price of the produce they hold, whichever is lower, and 70 percent of the assessed amount will be made available as loan. “Small and marginal farmers will be able to get loan upto 1.5 lakh rupees while big farmers will be able to get loans upto 3 lakh rupees at a rate of only 3 percent. The farmer will get this loan for a period of 90 days. In special circumstances this limit will be up to 6 months. If the loan is repaid within the stipulated time, the farmer will get an interest grant. In order to secure the yield of farmers, this scheme will be implemented in those ‘A’ and ‘B’ category village service cooperatives which are regularly audited, running in profit, NPA level is less than 10 percent , where surplus resources are available and full-time administrator or assistant administrator is employed,” he said.

The Chief Minister has also given great relief to various Mandi Committees of the State by providing an opportunity to restore the allotments to the allottees who were not able to construct the plots allotted on 99- year lease pattern.

Gehlot has also approved the proposal to provide plots and vacant built-up assets in 200 agricultural produce market complexes of the state to the Rajasthan State Seed Corporation to set up seed distribution outlets. Similarly, the chief minister has also relaxed the provisions related to security amount and land requirement in respect of declaration of private warehouse as registered by Warehouse Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA).

People now aware of Corona, will provide more relaxation

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that it is the government’s responsibility to provide better facilities in quarantine camps to support the migrants and laborers who have been suffering under lockdown.

He directed the officials to understand the hardship of the workers and apply best practices to these workers living in the quarantine centers, so that they can get relief in this hour of crisis.

Gehlot held a review meeting regarding the safe movement of migrants, quarantine and arrangement of camps on Friday at the Chief Minister’s residence.

“People moving from one district to another in the state should not be put under quarantine except for hot spots and curfew areas. Quarantine only those people who have symptoms of cold, cough or cold (ILI). Also entrepreneurs and workers from other states who come to Bhiwadi, Neemrana and other such places daily for work should not be quarantined, he said.

The Chief Minister said that people have incorporated masks into their daily routine, this is a good sign. He said that people have started getting awareness about corona now. With this, we will be able to give more relaxation in lockdown and get ready for life.

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