Sanjay Mishra, Udaipur. Describing the current condition and challenge of the economy as worrying, the Congress has told the need to revise the economic policies of the country like 1991. The party has said that keeping in view the domestic and global conditions, by re-setting economic policies, along with solving the problems of the economy, the rapidly increasing inequality in the country can be stopped. Talking about the review of the financial relations between the Center and the states, the party has told the need to extend the GST compensation to the states for three more years.

At the same time, in order to get rid of the burden of debt to the farmers, the Congress has advocated the formation of ‘National Farmer Debt Relief Commission’ so that on the lines of industrialists, farmers can be given relief from debts by avoiding criminal legal action. Also talked about making MSP legal to increase the income of farmers. On the second day of the Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir in Udaipur to get the Congress out of the political crisis, the party kept its vision for 2024 on these two important issues in the discussions of the group related to economic and farmers.

The economic and financial condition of the states is also bad: Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, coordinator of the economic group, said that the NDA government has proved to be a complete failure on the economic front and it is not finding any way to overcome the current crisis. While the policies of the government are bringing inflation on the one hand, unemployment on the other is at its peak. The economic and financial condition of the states is also bad and in such a situation, the economic policies of the country should be reviewed again and fixed again.

Have to get the country out of the current economic crisis: Chidambaram

Chidambaram said that in 1991, the Congress government started the era of liberalization by changing economic policies, due to which there was a huge benefit in the country from wealth creation, technology to business. After this, during the 10 years of UPA-Congress rule, it was successful in bringing 27 crore people out of poverty. If we want to get the country out of the current economic crisis, then after three decades we will have to review the economic policies as well as the financial relations between the Center and the states with a new head.

Taking a jibe at inflation, Chidambaram rejected the government’s argument that the Russo-Ukraine war was responsible for it and said the Ukraine crisis had added to the already deepening challenge. Chidambaram said that the Modi government is repeating the same story as Shining India and now the Congress will put a mature economic policy before the people and we hope that the public will support it and reject the hollow claims of the BJP government.

Proposal to set up National Farmers Debt Relief Commission

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, head of the group formed for the Chintan Shivir on the issue of farmers, said that the NDA government had promised to double the income of the farmers, which did not happen, but the debt on the farmers has definitely increased. In order to provide relief to the farmers from the burden of this debt, the Congress has proposed to set up a National Farmer Debt Relief Commission, which, like the debt of industries, should settle or waive off the debts of farmers through negotiations. Criminal cases should not be registered against the farmers. To make farmers debt free and increase their income, it is necessary that MSP should be made a legal guarantee and it should cover all crops.

Hooda said that we propose that MACP should be decided on the basis of the Swaminathan Commission report. Along with removing the shortcomings of the crop insurance scheme, the party has also proposed to link MNREGA with agriculture. While suggestions like opening schools for the children of farmers on the lines of Navodaya Vidyalaya, giving them cheap loans and concessions to buy small cars are being discussed in the Chintan Shivir to help the farmers and it is expected that the Congress will make its preparations for 2024. for including most of these proposals in its political agenda.

Edited By: Dhyanendra Singh Chauhan