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Amritsar’s Mallikarjun Kharge: ‘If I come to power, I will exclude farm machinery from GST’ (Watch Video)


Amritsar (Punjab), May 28 (ANI): Indian National Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said that if the Union of India comes to power at the Centre, it will exclude farm machinery from the ambit of GST.


Addressing a press conference here today, Kharge targeted Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre and said teargas shells were fired at farmers when they tried to enter Delhi to press their demands.


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“Punjab and Haryana produce the most in the country despite having less land geographically. The country gets its food from these two states. Farmers here feel that the price should be adequate and fair as per MSP. Farmers protested (in 2020-21) and submitted their demands to the BJP government. But still, the government did not agree. Tear gas shells were fired at them. Farmers continued to sit on the streets for a whole year,” Kharge said.


“We will provide legal guarantee to the MSP, which is one of our five nyai (judicial bodies),” he added.


The Indian National Congress chief also said the government would provide 10 kg food grains free of cost to people.


“Besides the five nyais, our party has also given 25 guarantees. We will provide 10 kg grains free of cost to the people. We will try to pay the crop insurance compensation amount within 30 days. Farm inputs will be exempted from the purview of GST,” he said.Currently, various farm equipment is subject to GST ranging from 5 to 12 per cent.


Kharge also pointed out the drug problem in the state and said it was the biggest challenge for the future of Punjab.


“Currently, there is growing discontent among the youth of Punjab as drug addiction has become the biggest challenge for the state’s future. Due to this, law and order situation in the state is deteriorating day by day. In the absence of employment opportunities, farmers are selling their land and sending their children abroad as they fear that they may fall into drug addiction,” the Indian National Congress Party chief said.


“Demonetisation and misguided GST have caused great damage to small and medium enterprises in Punjab. Our government, once in power, will make it very easy for them and implement all necessary measures to enable small scale industries to run,” he added. (ANI)





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