Bhopal, April 16: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that farmers' crops will not be sold at low prices. Farmers will get fair price for their produce. If the prices of farmers' crops are low in the market, then the government will compensate them.
On this occasion, Chouhan transferred the amount of Rs 57 crores online in the bank accounts of 72 thousand farmers. He said that earlier no one could even imagine that Rs 57 crores could be distributed as incentive to farmers but the state government did so.
He said that 15 years back, farmers of the state used to get agriculture loan at 18 percent interest for agricultural work. Now agriculture loan is being made available to farmers at lesser than zero percent interest rate.
Chouhan said that Rs 1700 crore is being distributed as incentive amount to those farmers who have sold wheat and paddy on minimum support price last year. This year farmers who sell their wheat on Minimum Support Price will be given Rs 265 per quintal incentive.
Discussing the Mukhya Mantri Krishak Rin Samadhan Yojana, CM Chouhan said that the state has also prepared a scheme for those farmers whose loans have expired and who were not being able to avail the benefit of zero percent interest.
"Loan interest of such farmers has been waived. Such farmers will have to deposit half the amount of principle amount. The remaining half amount will be merged with the loan taken on zero percent interest."
On the scheme for unorganized sector labourers Chouhan said that the state government has developed a scheme for the welfare of labourers working in 36 different categories. Now the farmers with 2.5 acres of land for cultivation will be included in the category of unorganized sector labourers.
The Chief Minister said that a five-member committee will be formed at gram panchayat level to check irregularities of any kind in the schemes of unorganized sector labourers. This committee will decide that only the eligible person will get the benefit of the scheme.
Talking about the unemployed youths he said that the state government is going to open one lakh jobs next month. These jobs will have reservations for women. He told that the state government has decided to put an end to the contractual system.