1. Tax on agro-income intended to finish farmers: Congress

Tax on agro-income intended to finish farmers: Congress

The proposal to tax agricultural income was a "plan to finish off the farmers" in the country, Congress' Maharashtra's leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said on Saturday.

By: | Mumbai | Published: April 29, 2017 10:10 PM
In this context, he announced that villages across the state will pass resolutions demanding writing off of farm debts and remunerative prices giving 50 percent benefits to the farmers, on May 1, which is Maharashtra Day. (Reuters)

The proposal to tax agricultural income was a “plan to finish off the farmers” in the country, Congress’ Maharashtra’s leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said on Saturday. Criticising the move, mooted by Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian, he said instead of helping the farmers in their financial crises, the government is bent on finishing the farming community by proposing such a tax.

“The government has not announced a loan waiver, not compensated losses due to natural calamities, not giving proper remuneration prices for agricultural produce leading to further distress, added to the problems created by demonetization,” said Vikhe-Patil, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.

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In this context, he announced that villages across the state will pass resolutions demanding writing off of farm debts and remunerative prices giving 50 percent benefits to the farmers, on May 1, which is Maharashtra Day.

The resolutions will be passed by special meetings of various gram panchayats, and be conveyed to the state government, he added during the ongoing second phase of the combined opposition’s ‘Sangharsh Yatra’.

The ‘Sangharsh Yatra’, demanding complete farm loans waiver on the lines of the Uttar Pradesh scheme and other demands on farmers issues, has elicited huge response from the farming community across the state.

  1. Ravi Tesla
    Apr 29, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    Why should farmers be taxed. Are they not Indians ? Don't they have any duty to nation building ? How can the expect others to foot there subsidy bill for urea, electricity ? Isn't the farm income wavier a way for many corrupt officials or black money generators avenue to convert ? It more then 70 years of this experience did not help the rural economy, that means it wasn't the solution and agriculturist should be taxed.
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