Congress demands to clear entire outstanding amount of sugarcane farmers

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New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday posed a number of questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government at the Centre regarding the extension of COVID-19 induced lockdown and sought clarity in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala reads: “Home Ministry issued an order late last evening imposing lockdown 3.0 up till May 17, 2020.” “Neither did the Prime Minister come forward nor did he address the nation. Neither did the Home Minister come forward. So much so that even a single officer of the Government of India chose not to make an appearance. The nation got only an official order of MHA,” the statement quotes Surjewala as saying.

Surjewala said that the nation was neither informed nor illuminated. “The nation wasn’t acquainted of the way ahead or enlightened about the time limit. Neither did a conversation take place on the humongous difficulties nor on multiple challenges.”

The Congress wants that “India’s poor-labourers-farmers be given Rs 7,500 through DBT in the Jan Dhan accounts, PM Kisan Yojana accounts, MGNREGA labourers accounts as also in the account of every senior citizen-widow-physically handicapped person. In addition, thereto, 10 kg foodgrains — wheat or rice, one kg pulses and half kg sugar be given per person per family for sustenance.”

The Congress party has said that farmer’s entire crops be procured at MSP and payment made within 24 hours. The entire outstanding amount, be it of the sugarcane farmers or other farmers be cleared within seven days. All recoveries of the farmers should be deferred for one year and interest waived off.

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