Rahul promises legal guarantee for MSP and caste survey

Aurangabad (Bihar), Feb 15 (UNI) Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised legal guarantee for MSP and caste survey which would help in changing the fates of farmers, backwards and deprived of the society.

Gandhi, while addressing a public meeting as part of his ongoing ” Bharat Joro Nyaya Yatra “, here said that farmers were demanding legal guarantee for MSP of their produce and marching towards New Delhi from Punjab. All sorts of police atrocities were being committed to stop them from marching ahead towards the National Capital, he alleged.

“Congress will give legal guarantee for MSP of agro produce to help farmers across the country”, the party leader said, adding that instead of accepting their demands, the Narendra Modi government was suppressing their agitation. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no concern for farmers, he alleged.

The former AICC President said that caste survey was a kind of social X ray which would help in scanning real picture of social and economic condition of the people of various sections across the country. It was a fact that more than 70 percent of the people were backwards, oppressed and tribals but their stake in government and top level administration was negligible, he added.

The Wayanad MP said his party would get carried out caste survey to determine socio economic condition of the people. Presenting the prevailing scenario, he said that only three top level IAS officials posted as secretaries in central government were belonging to backward classes and had been shunted, he alleged.

Rahul said that out of 650 High Court judges in the country, only 100 of them were from backward classes. There were virtually no representation of backwards and deprived in top management of big corporate houses, he pointed out.

The Congress leader said that annual budget of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaranteed (MNREGA) scheme was only 70,000 crores meant for providing employment to poor. It was pathetic to point out that Narendra Modi government had waived off Rs 14 lakh crores of big favourite corporate houses, he stated.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said that country was reeling under heavy debt of Rs 185 lakh crores during the regime of Narendra Modi government. During Congress regime, since Independence, India had taken total loan of Rs 55,000 crores, he added.

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