Malda: Soon after the furore over the tradition of singing Vande Mataram at the Secretariat first day of every month, a practice begun by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, now the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to scrap a pet scheme of its predecessor BJP government, reported ANI on Tuesday. (Also read: MP Cabinet Extends Deadline For Farm Loan Waiver)

Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav told the agency, “Schemes by the BJP government didn’t focus on farmers. Since the time Bhavantar Yojana was introduced, prices of farmers’ produce have fallen. Even the government support was harming farmers. So, we have decided to scrap this scheme.”

Obviously, the decision hasn’t gone down well with the former chief minister. Reacting to the news, Chouhan said, “The government is only working with the vision to change schemes started by the previous government. It’s unfair with the people. How can they change everything blindly? We’ll protest in February if they don’t give the right price to farmers.”

Chouhan had inaugurated the ‘Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojna’ a little over a year ago as the chief minister.

He had then called it one of the most profound decisions of his life. He had also said that MP was the first state to lend money to farmers at zero percent interest. “A farmer will take Rs one lakh loan now and return only ninety thousand,” he said.

He also said that farmers deserve suitable prices for their crops instead of loan waiver and therefore, the state government had brought a new formula which will make it possible for them to obtain the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops.

However, the Congress-led state government has since approved farm loan waiver, as was their poll promise.

The crop loan waiver was announced hours after Kamal Nath took oath as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in December last year.

The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has waived crop loans of 55 lakh farmers in the state while extending the eligibility cut-off date to December 12, 2018, from the previous March 31, 2018. Under the scheme, farm loans up to Rs two lakh taken by farmers from nationalised, cooperative and regional banks, will be waived.