Stepping up his attack on the BJP govt in Centre over the three new farms laws, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the government wants to snatch the income & future of farmers for the benefit of a few top businessmen in the country.

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a function in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur to disburse cash benefit to farmers & cattle-rearers under the two schemes of the state government through a recorded video-message in Hindi.

“What we had promised to farmers, we have fulfilled it today. You know the government of India is heading on some other path. It has brought three farm laws against the farmers. The central government wanted to snatch the income & future of farmers & hand it over to 2-3 big businessmen,” he said without naming anyone.

Hailing the Bhupesh Baghel-led dispensation in Chhattisgarh, Rahul Gandhi said he is happy that his party’s governments in Chhattisgarh & other states are walking on the path of supporting farmers, labourers, small businessmen, youth & women.

Targeting PM Narendra Modi over demonetisation & GST rollout, Rahul Gandhi said, “Narendra Modiji’s government implemented ‘notebandi’ & GST, & today you can see that India has failed to create employment.”

In contrast, the Chhattisgarh government extended support to farmers and strengthened the rural economy, he said.

“We pumped in money into the rural economy & therefore, Chhattisgarh has not been facing any trouble (during the coronavirus crises), which is being faced by other states,” he added.

On the occasion, CM Bhupesh Baghel transferred 1,104.27 crore into the accounts of 18.43 lakh farmers as the fourth & last instalment of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana (for kharif and rabi crop year 2019-20).

Besides, he also transferred 7.55 crore to the accounts of cattle-rearers under the Godhan Nyay Yojana.

Under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, farmers have been paid a total of 5,627.89 Rs crore in four instalments as input support to paddy cultivators and certified seeds growers, a government official said.

Under Godhan Nyay Yojna, the state government has been procuring cow dung at 2 per kg from cattle-rearers for production of vermi-compost, he said.

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