BJP govt disburses Rs 2,400 cr as compensation to farmers: Haryana CM

BJP govt disburses Rs 2,400 cr as compensation to farmers: Haryana CM

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Kaithal:  Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today said the present government has disbursed compensation amount to the tune of Rs 2,400 crore to farmers, which was not disbursed as compensation to farmers in the last 48 years. Interacting with media persons here, the Chief Minister said the state government has a target to double the income of farmers by 2022. He said, ''It is due to the farmers-centric initiatives of present state government, farmers are satisfied with adequate availability of fertilizers, seeds and water for irrigation.'' Many initiatives have been taken to make agriculture risk-free. Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, there is a provision of compensation in case of crop damage and also in case of production of crop less than average. ''Many facilities are being provided to farmers for crop procurement in mandis of the state. Fifty-four mandis have been made online,'' he added. He said Haryana Agro-business Training School was being established in Hisar. Besides this, Maharana Pratap Horticulture University was being set up in Karnal and it would promote horticulture and keep farmers updated with new techniques. The Chief Minister said farmers in Haryana are much happier, as they are facing no problem at any level in irrigation, sugarcane prices and crop procurement. Zero per cent interest rate facility is being provided on crop loan. Other occupations like bee-keeping, milk production, pisciculture, mushroom are also being promoted, he added. Mr Lal said the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) system is a good initiative for reform of the Indian economy. This would bring transparency in business. The Chief Minister said several goods have been made tax-free, under GST. Tax on goods like television sets, air conditioners, washing machines, furniture would now be levied at the rate of 28 per cent, which was presently taxed at the rate of 33 per cent, thereby, reducing the tax by five per cent. GST would end red-tapism and facilitate consumers and traders by reducing costs. He said 50 per cent of the 3,500 announcements made by him during the last 32 months regarding development works to be undertaken throughout the state had been implemented and the rest would soon be completed.

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