On Thursday, the Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Scheme in Chattisgarh through a video conference. It is meant to be a tribute to the former Prime minister on his death anniversary.
While launching the scheme, Sonia Gandhi spoke about the various benefits of the scheme. She spoke in high praise of the scheme and said that this would change the lives of the farmers and will make them self-reliant. She said,
“Such Schemes should be implemented at the ground level to help bring a change in the lives of the people. This is a revolutionary scheme and is a true tribute to Rajiv Gandhi. This is a big step taken in the lines with the values of Rajiv Gandhi.”
The Nyay scheme, which was announced during the 2019 election campaign, will be first introduced in the state of Chattisgarh. The Nyay scheme aims at putting cash in the hands of the farmer. This is also the version of the COVID relief package announced by the state government. As per the scheme, the state government is supposed to transfer the difference in amount between the minimum support price that is paid to the farmers at the time of procurement and the effective procurement price announced by the state government.
19 Lakh Farmers to be benefitted
The Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, spoke highly of the praise and said,
“The total number of farmers who stand to benefit are around 19 lakh of which 18 lakh are paddy cultivators while the rest are maize and sugarcane cultivators. At the time of COVID-19, when all economic activity has been adversely affected, the DBT in accounts of farmers would generate demand in the economy.”
The scheme was launched at the residence of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were present through video conference. The former Congress President Rahul Gandhi too lauded the scheme and said it is a suitable time for the scheme to be implemented as the poor and helpless have been massively hit because of the novel coronavirus. Apart from the financial aid, the Nyay scheme will also facilitate farmers to earn more and bring more area under cultivation.
Source: The Times of India