Tribune press service

Udaipur, May 14

Congress on Saturday proposed an industry-model Farm Debt Reconciliation Commission, Universal Minimum Support Price (MSP) Supply and Minimum Income Guarantee for Farmers. Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the party is proposing a National Agricultural Debt Relief Commission.

KEY PROPOSALS

  • National Agricultural Debt Relief Commission
  • Minimum income guarantee for farmers
  • MSP scheme which will cover 23 additional crops
  • Crop insurance including damage caused by climate change

“Agriculture should be considered an industry as far as banking is concerned,” he said. He was accompanied by the leader of the Punjab CLP, Partap Singh Bajwa.

The panel, led by Hooda, also called for a legal warranty for MSP and the expansion of the MSP scheme to cover 23 additional crops.

“As in the Mudra loan scheme, failure to pay farmers should not be a criminal offence. Universal sourcing on MSP will contribute to diversification by offsetting farmers’ losses. Also, anyone buying below the MSP should face criminal penalties,” the panel said, demanding an overhaul from Prime Minister Kisan Bima Yojana so that private companies do not pocket the full profits.

Hooda also fought for all insured crops, including those damaged by climate change. Congress-led Chhattisgarh has provided a workable draft model to ensure a minimum monthly income of Rs 6,000 for farmers. Hooda later said that Congress would oppose any farm bill the government might pass through the backdoor.

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