Lucknow: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggesting various measures for the welfare of farmers and businesses in view of COVID-19 pandemic. In her letter, she has asked the Yogi government to clear the pending cane arrears of sugarcane farmers.
Priyanka, in her letter, also suggested removing interests on home loans and suspending all EMIs for the next six months. “As you know, everyone has been affected by coronavirus pandemic. The poor and the working class have reached a critical stage. The economic crisis has also engulfed the middle class. Small businesses are fighting for survival. It has become necessary to help these people,” Priyanka said in the letter.
“Increased electricity rates remain a concern for farmers. I suggest that the electricity bills for past four months of tubewells and household of farmers be waivered. Penalty and interest on their outstanding electricity bills should also be waivered,” it added.
Priyanka said that interest rate on farm loans for the past four months should also be waivered and farmers should be assured that all their crops will be procured.
In her letter, she also expressed her condolences on the death of Yogi Adityanath’s father.