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Tax on farmers’ income in Centre’s mind, alleges Telangana Minister

Rao slammed the Modi Government for waiving off corporate loans worth Rs 12 lakh crore, which could have been used to provide free power to all farmers across the country.

Statesman News Service | Hyderabad |

Telangana IT and industries minister, KT Rama Rao on Tuesday alleged that after pushing the farmers into crisis, the BJP Government was considering imposing taxes on farmers’ income.

Rao, who is also the working president of the BRS, reacted to Telangana BJP’s reported keenness to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contest from Mahabubnagar in the State and wondered why should people cast their votes in favour of PM Modi.

Speaking at Narayanpet after opening a few developmental works, the minister referred to an article written by Bibek Debroy, chairman, Economic advisory council to the Prime Minister, where he argued on the necessity of taxing farmers’ income in the country.

However, he wrote that whether agricultural income should be taxed or not, is for the State Governments to decide.

Asking whether it was justifiable, Rao slammed the Modi Government for waiving off corporate loans worth Rs 12 lakh crore, which could have been used to provide free power to all farmers across the country.

A day earlier the minister had tweeted the article and wrote, “This is a rather preposterous idea that too coming from the chairman of the economic advisory council of the Prime Minister! Before taxing farmers’ income can the Prime Minister or the EAC first enlighten the nation on what happened to Modi’s promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.”

He urged the people to vote wisely in 2024 in favour of a farmer friendly Government. The BRS has raised the slogan “Ab ki bar kisan sarkar.”