24 November, 2020

Odisha Govt Unveils Rs 10,280-Cr Package For Farmers

Odisha goverment claims the package would take care of the problems of over three million small and marginal farmers in the state without recourse to the populist gimmick of farm loan waiver.

Farm First
Naveen Patnaik
Photograph by Sanjib Mukherjee
Odisha Govt Unveils Rs 10,280-Cr Package For Farmers
outlookindia.com
2018-12-29T11:01:24+05:30

The Congress’s victory in three states has set off a race among three major parties in Odisha to woo farmers ahead of the coming elections. The Congress was, expectedly, the first off the blocks with state president Niranjan Patnaik announcing, even before the last result had come in, that his party would waive farm loans, if voted to power. Once the three new Congress governments signed on the waiver orders, Patnaik went a step ahead and announced that the party would waive farm loans within “five hours” of assuming office.

Not to be left behind, the BJP too followed suit. After this, there was no way the ruling party BJD, which is having to contend with growing farmer disaffection in the state, could have skirted the issue. It finally came up with a comprehensive package worth Rs 10,280 crore spread over three years, which, it claims, would take care of the problems of over three million small and marginal farmers in the state without recourse to the populist gimmick of farm loan waiver.

The scheme envisages financial assistance of Rs 5,000 per...

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