Cong takes farmers’ issues to governor

By Times Of India on 04 May 2017 | read
GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Congress leaders, including state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, Shankersinh Vaghela, and others met governor O P Kohli on Tuesday and gave a memorandum over troubles faced by farmers in the state.

The Congress party leaders wanted the governor to ensure that the state government takes steps to help farmers get electricity and fertilizer on time. The party alleged that farmers were not getting basic facilities like electricity for irrigation, fertilizers, insurance coverage and proper prices for produce. the Congress also demanded that the state government waive off debts of farmers as done during Congress-led UPA regime. The party alleged that many farmers who were debt-ridden were committing suicide.

The Congress said that the BJP-ruled state government should waive off value added tax (VAT) on fertilizers. The party had raised this demand even in the state assembly.

Apart from several other demands, the Congress leaders who met the governor demanded cheap supply of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides among others. The Congress alleged that the BJP government is not giving required minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers and demanded MSP for produce of all farmers.