Chhattisgarh launches Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay program; farmers to obtain direct cash benefits



The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojna, transferring 1,500 crore rupees to the accounts of more than 18,000 farmers.

This was the first installment of a 5,750 crore rupee program for farmers planting 14 types of crops. The program was inaugurated by videoconference on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, in the presence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former President of the Rahul Gandhi Congress, at the Baghel Residence office.

The program aims to ensure the availability of a minimum income to farmers who cultivate a rabi countryside and 13 kharif crops in the state. It is similar to the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) which was proposed by Rahul Gandhi in the latest Lok Sabha polls.

Commenting on the program, Rahul Gandhi said the state government had “set an example for the whole country on how to help people in times of crisis”.

“I had asked the Prime Minister to provide financial assistance to the poor instead of loans, because they now need money more than credit. Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to transfer financial aid directly to farmers’ accounts. We all know that the economic situation in the state is not very good, but the government of Chhattisgarh still decided to bring relief to the farmers, ”he said.

“It is not the decision of one person, it is rather the voice of Chhattisgarh. The people of Chhattisgarh have expressed their needs and guided us towards this decision,” Rahul Gandhi added.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said: “In line with the vision of the late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the government of Chhattisgarh has taken a big step forward in supporting the poor, tribal people and farmers. The decision to include rural landless workers in the second phase of the program is laudable. The implementation of such programs at ground level for the benefit of every person will be a true tribute to the late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, as he believed that agriculture is the foundation of development.

The Congressional government has already transferred nearly 40,700 crore rupees to farmers’ accounts as payment against purchase of paddy, loan exemption, crop insurance claim, tax exemption of irrigation and premium. The government promised the rice farmer a sum of Rs 2,500 per quintal last year, which is Rs 1,300 more than the central government price.

“Looking at the Covid-19 crisis, we decided to pay for sugar cane, corn and other crops as well. A trade subsidy of Rs 13,000 per acre will be provided for the cultivation of sugar cane and of Rs 10,000 per acre for the cultivation of paddy, ”said a senior state government official.

He added: “At the moment we are collecting the data for maize, because we did not have such a database. However, for sugar, we have received data from the four cooperative sugar factories in the state.

The aid will be provided in a proportionate manner from the 2019 Kharif season, depending on the amount acquired through the cooperative society. Under this program, 18 34,834 farmers will receive 1,500 crore rupees as a first payment for the rice harvest. Likewise, for the cultivation of sugar cane, the payment of a maximum of Rs 355 per quintal will be made according to the quantity of sugar cane purchased by the cooperative factory during the grinding year 2019- 20.



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