Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel waives off farmers’ loan worth Rs 6,100 crore

Raipur, Dec 17 : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has waived off farmers’ loan worth Rs 6,100 crore,thus fulfilling the promise made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to the farmers of the state. About 16 .5 lakh farmers will be benefitted through the move.

Addressing the press hours after taking oath as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Baghel said that the minimum support price (MSP) for maize has also been hiked to Rs 2500 from Rs 1700 per quintal.

“Congress president Rahul Gandhi had announced that farm loans will be waived within 10 days (from taking over of the government) and that Minimum Support Price (MSP) for maize will be increased to Rs 2500 from Rs 1700 per quintal. These two decisions have been taken today,” Baghel said.

The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister said a third decision has been taken related to the 2013 Jhiram Ghati Naxal attack, in which 29 people including top state Congress leaders were killed. The newly-installed government has appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe that attack.

“Our third decision is related to Jhiram Ghati. Total 29 people including prominent leaders like Nand Kumar Patel were killed. Conspirators haven’t been exposed. No such massacre of politicians ever took place in history. To nab the culprits, a SIT has been formed,” he announced.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath as well gave his approval to a proposal to waive off farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh. The same had been promised by Rahul Gandhi in the run-up to just-concluded Assembly Elections.

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