Kharora (Chhattisgarh) [India] Oct 08 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Sunday said that previous state government led by Congress used to purchase Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), but the incumbent BJP Government are purchasing paddy from farmers.
Addressing a Bonus Tihar Program, the Chief Minister launched a scathing attack on main opposition Congress.
He was referring to Ajit Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh. Jogi once spilt the BJP in Chhattisgarh in December 2001, when he walked away with 12 BJP MLAs. After being expelled from the Congress, Jogi launched a new part called 'Chhattisgarh Janata Congress' on June 22, 2016.
"During Congress rule, the farmers got loan at 15 percent interest rate and that was the reason the farmers had taken loan of Rs. 300 crore. Our government is providing loan to farmers at zero percent interest rate," said the chief minister who is ruling Chhattisgarh since December 2003.
He added that only six lakh Metric Tonne (MT) paddy was being purchased yearly during the Congress Government whereas the current state government purchases 70 lakh MT paddy per year.
Chhattisgarh has decided to provide a paddy bonus under Bonus Tihar before Diwali to paddy farmers in the state. The bonus distribution program has started from October 3, 2017 and will continue till October 13.
The paddy bonus will be given in the 18 rice producing districts across the state. (ANI)