Farm Package

File Photo: Congress President Rahul Gandhi during 'Jan Akanksha Rally', at Gandhi Maidan in Patna (PTI )
File Photo: Congress President Rahul Gandhi during 'Jan Akanksha Rally', at Gandhi Maidan in Patna (PTI )

 Rahul Gandhi says farm crisis, lack of jobs unite opposition, BJP in chaos 

  • The demand for a Ram temple is a hot-button issue in UP, but Gandhi declined to commit himself one way or the other
  • In the hour-long interview, Gandhi also laid out his party’s strategy to take on the agrarian crisis and create jobs

The PM-AASHA scheme was allocated  ₹1,500 crore in 2019-20, a marginal increase of  ₹100 crore from last year. (PTI)
The PM-AASHA scheme was allocated 1,500 crore in 2019-20, a marginal increase of 100 crore from last year. (PTI)

Budget 2019: FM cultivates farmers with 6,000 in hand every year

  • Govt announces income support for small farmers, says first instalment will reach soon
  • Allocation for the agriculture ministry rose from Rs. 57,600 crore in 2018-19 (BE) to Rs. 1.41 trillion in 2019-20

Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Opinion | Mere largesse will not end farmer distress

While Rahul Gandhi has played a wild card by promising an income scheme for the poor, the PM, after losing out in rural states, is now under pressure to initiate a course correction

The mills are also under pressure as cane growers seeking one-time payments from the processors held violent protests earlier this month as anger at the arrears grew. Photo: Reuters
The mills are also under pressure as cane growers seeking one-time payments from the processors held violent protests earlier this month as anger at the arrears grew. Photo: Reuters

Sugar millers in India to seek higher sugar price to clear dues

  • Sugar stockpiles in India almost doubled to 15.4 million tons as of December 31, according to ISMA data
  • Millers have been struggling to clear pending payments as their cost of production is higher than the government-set selling price

Former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian.
Former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian.

Govt should bring in direct cash transfer scheme for all, says ex-CEA

  • The former chief economic advisor had earlier pitched for a universal basic income scheme
  • He however cautions against funding it from RBI’s resources

The farm distress is essentially caused by lack of liquidity in the cash economy, says Sen. Photo: Reuters
The farm distress is essentially caused by lack of liquidity in the cash economy, says Sen. Photo: Reuters

Lack of liquidity in the cash economy causing farm distress: Pronab Sen

  •  Sen spoke about the challenges before the government as it prepares to present the interim Budget
  • The farm distress is essentially caused by lack of liquidity in the cash economy