New Delhi: The Congress, in order to win the support of farmers in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh (MP) elections has started offering direct income support to the rural households and the families of farmers as an after poll promise. In order to win the confidence of the farmers, the party with its so-called unique proposal is not only interacting groups of farmers but is also making all the possible efforts in order to woo them by promising a degree of income security.
Such an obvious step has been taken by the party as Congress has been out of power for more than a decade in Madhya Pradesh. Besides this, in order to win the confidence of farmers and to confirm votes from them, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already declared a loan waiver scheme which will hit the state if Gandhi will be voted in the upcoming MP polls that will be held in the near end of the year.
“Currently the party is discussing proposals to provide farm households an amount of ₹ 3,000 per month per family which can take care of critical household expenses like education and healthcare at a time when incomes are uncertain. The promised income support is likely to be over and above a promised waiver of crop loans,” said a person aware of the development.
Our sources have reported that Madhya Pradesh holds 9.8 million farmers and their families out of which less than five acres of land are owned by 6.3 million small farmers.
As per the calculations if only small and marginal farmers are provided an income support of ₹ 3,000 per month per farm household that will sum up to a cost of around ₹ 23,000 crores in a year. Besides this, our news sources added that farmers in Madhya Pradesh till March 2018 have an outstanding crop loan of ₹ 75,823 crores.
Considering all the efforts and the schemes that Congress is coming up signifies that the party is relying on and planning to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections over the families of rural and farmers. The decision to come up with a ‘loan waiver scheme’ in order to win the support of all small and marginal farmers on the pattern of the farm loan waiver programme of the United Progressive Alliance government in 2009 seems to be the prime bet on which party will play.