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Modi govt wants to make a 'kisan mukt bharat': Scindia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today attacked the Centre and the dispensation in over farmers stir, saying the wants a 'Kisan mukt bharat' (free of farmers).

leader said the rode to power in 2014 promising to give farmers a price for their yield which would be 50 per cent more than the production cost.

The Minimum Support Price (MSP), however, has been witnessing a decline, he said.

Scindia, targeting the chief minister over the dead of five farmers in police firing during their protests in Mandsaur, questioned his "reluctance" behind not waiving the loans of the farmers of the state when its neighbours, and Uttar Pradesh, had announced it.

He also reiterated the demand to register an FIR against police officer "guilty of murdering" six farmers in Mandsaur.

Scindia, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, also questioned the Centre's reluctance to not support the states to waive loans of farmers when they can write-off debts of the "corporates".

He said by "abdicating" itself from this responsibility, the was becoming a "mute spectator" at the time when farmers were committing suicide.

"The came to power in 2014 by promising to give 50 per cent as against the cost incurred during the production of the yield. But the MSP for crops is not increasing.

"This is because there is a gap between assurances and acts of the government. This is an anti-farmers government who wants a 'kisan mukt bharat' (farmers free India)," the leader told a press conference here.

He claimed that the MSP rose by 150 per cent from 2004- 2013 while the MSP has not increased even by 12 per cent in the first three years of the

"In the last three-years of the UPA rule, agriculture sector grew by 4 per cent while in the first three-years of the NDA rule, it has snailed by only 1.7 per cent."

The Congress leader, however, parried questions on whether Congress government in Karnataka, Punjab and would also come up with a loan waiver plan.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:57 IST