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2019 polls: Govt planning monthly income support, cash handout for farmers

Another alternative being considered is a revamp of the crop insurance program

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Jagran forum on the 75th anniversary of Dainik Jagran newspaper, in New Delhi (PTI Photo)

Vrishti Beniwal and Pratik Parija | Bloomberg
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is studying three options, including a cash handout for farmers, people with knowledge of the matter said, as his administration seeks to ease an agrarian distress and shore up popular support ahead of next year’s general election.

The government is weighing options including a monthly income support program for farmers, a cash handout plan for the shortfall between the actual sale price and state-set procurement rate and a revamped crop insurance program, people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified as they aren’t authorized to speak to the media. The final program could

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First Published: Dec 31 2018 | 11:34 AM IST

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