Law to be passed that guarantees MSP for crops- Congress at Chintan Shivir in Udaipur.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda also said that the party would strongly oppose any move by the government to bring back the three farm laws that were thrown out before.
On Saturday, Congress called for a law to be passed that would guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for crops. The goal, according to Congress, is to make sure that farmers are ‘debt-free.’
At a press conference on the second day of the ongoing ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur, senior Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the party would strongly oppose any move by the government to bring back the three farm laws that were repealed earlier.
Mr. Hooda, who is in charge of the group talking about agriculture and farmers’ issues at the shivir, said that a law to guarantee MSP to farmers, the effects of climate change on agriculture, the ‘poor’ implementation of the government’s crop insurance scheme, and institutional credit investment were some of the most important issues facing the committee.
Mr. Hooda also said that there is a plan to ask for the creation of a national farm debt relief commission. This commission would help farmers work out their problems with debt through mediation and negotiation, just like what happens with industrial loans.
He said that when it comes to banking, agriculture should be treated the same as other industries.
‘ur goal is to get rid of farmers’ loans and make them debt-free. What will we do? if MSP should have a legal guarantee. Everyone agrees that it should be protected by the law. All Kisan unions want this, and as a farmer myself, I think it should be there, too,’ Hooda said.
He said that the NDA government said it would double farmers’ incomes but instead doubled their debt. On March 31, 2014, farmers owed ₹ 9.64 lakh crore. Now, they owe ₹ 16.8 lakh crore. He said that the Centre had not helped farmers in any way.
He said that Congress-led state governments sometimes let farmers off the hook for their loans and made their lives easier. Also Read | Centre would form committee on MSP as soon as it receives names from SKM: Tomar.
He said that MSP should be based on the C-2 formula from the Swaminathan Commission and that it should be used for all agricultural products.
T S Singhdeo, a minister in the state of Chhattisgarh, talked about how the Congress government in the state has taken steps to help farmers.