Jaipur: Farm loan waiver will be a top priority for the newly-elected Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, apart from the slew of promises made by the Congress party in its election manifesto called ‘Jan Ghoshna Patra’.
Meanwhile, Gehlot stated that his Cabinet will be formed after deliberations with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Speaking to news agency ANI, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister-elect said, “Once the Cabinet is decided, the Chief Minister will work on its advice. Once it’s done, we’ll do what’s in public interest, the manifesto will be our priority.” Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Gehlot told Hindustan Times that the Rajasthan government will waive off the loans of farmers in a span of ten days.
“The Congress will waive off farmers’ loan once the party forms the government in the state. The farm equipment will be freed from the GST,” Sachin Pilot, a former Union Minister, had also promised.
The Congress manifesto promised affordable loans, better storage and warehouse facilities, agro-processing training centres, effective agriculture marketing system and timely purchase of crops as per their minimum support prices (MSP) to the farmers. The promise also included the setting up of ‘Gauchar Bhumi Board’ to ensure that cows have enough grazing land in the state.
While on a visit to Albert Hall on Sunday, Geholt reportedly said, “We will discuss with the party high command and later the decision will be taken on the Cabinet formation.” The visit was to keep a check on the preparations for the swearing-in ceremony that was scheduled to take place on Monday.
Gehlot also urged the Modi-led government to support Rajasthan government implement the Refinery and Metro projects.