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Loan waiver to bonus payments, poll-bound states target farmers -Deep Mukherjee & Milind Ghatwai

-The Indian Express While Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara seeks to recover from the recent disastrous bypoll where the BJP lost two Lok Sabha seats and an assembly seat to the Congress, MP’s three-time CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan aims to mitigate three-time anti-incumbency. From crop loan and land revenue waivers to bonus payments and free crop storage, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh announced a slew of sops Monday targeting farmers and rural voters...

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To reduce rural distress, Narendra Modi government to raise agri credit target by 20 pct

-The Financial Express Finance minister Arun Jaitley may announce agricultural credit target of Rs 12 lakh crore for 2018-19, up 20% from the level for the current year, as he lends focus to addressing rural distress in the coming Budget. While the farm credit targets have been overachieved in recent years, the disbursal by October end this fiscal was 67% of the annual plan. The government is confident of exceeding the...

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Maharashtra allots Rs 142,400 mn for farm loan waivers, cropping

-PTI Arun Jaitley had last year said that the Centre will not be part of a state's fiscal leverage in waiving Farm Loans and the cost has to be borne by the states Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today made allocations worth Rs 14,240 crore for the farm loan waiver scheme and for repayment to farmers whose produce was purchased by the state. The state's cooperation and marketing department today issued a Government Resolution...

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How BJP fared in rural Gujarat despite farm distress -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com An analysis of the results shows that the Congress did not perform very well in rural Gujarat—where it was expected to—despite worsening distress among farmers New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a closely contested electoral fight in Gujarat on Monday with a thin margin, upsetting expectations of the Congress that it can wrest back the state after a gap of over two decades. An analysis of the results shows...

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Farm policies for India -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express Union government must address structural issues in agricultural policy, allow states greater autonomy. Farmers from across the country are out on Delhi’s streets agitating just as the deliberations for the 2018 budget are beginning and it’s time to seek solutions to the structural issues that plague the system. The “one-size-fits-all” policy created for the farm sector is self-destructive in design and programmes meant to double farmer incomes are collapsing. The...

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