Anantapur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that if voted to power, his government will spend six per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) on education and will also waive off the loans of Andhra Pradesh farmers.
“We have decided to dramatically increase the amount of money we spend on education. After coming to power, we will spend six per cent of GDP on education,” said Rahul while addressing an election rally here.
“We will make sure all our people have access to top quality education. Those who cannot afford education will get a scholarship,” he said.
“I also know that there is a demand for SC/ST status. I am aware that Valmiki and Vadala community people want SC status. We will help deliver it,” he said.
The Lok Sabha and Assembly polls are being held simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh.
Talking about farmers, he said: “Millions of farmers are begging before the Government of India to help them. Family after family has to suffer and commit suicide.”
“Recently there were elections in northern India and we promised that after coming to power, we will waive off farmers’ loan within the 10 days. Within two days of coming to power, we waived off farmers’ loan in all three states,” he said.
“We commit that loans of farmers in Andhra Pradesh will be waived off once we come to power in the state. Food processing industries will be set up close to farms. We will give you cold storage facilities and regular increase in the MSP,” said Gandhi.
“I understand the difficulty being faced by farmers because of water. I understand what groundnut farmers are facing. As many as 600 farmers committed suicide last year,” he said.