Kamal Nath sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh today. MP Governor Anandiben (Former CM of Gujarat) administered the oath of office to Nath. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had led the party’s campaign, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony and Several senior party leaders including AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Siddhu were present. Former Chief Minister and Nath’s predecessor Shivraj Singh also attended the oath taking ceremony.
Kamal Nath, two hours after taking oath as the Madhya Pradesh CM fulfilled his first pre poll promise and waived off the loans for farmers in his state.
The promise of farm loan waiver was made by the Congress during the election campaign in Madhya Pradesh. This is Nath’s first decision after assuming office.
“After joining this post (of Chief Minister), the first file I have signed is of farm loan waiver of Rs 2 lakh each, as I had promised to the farmers,” ANI quoted him as saying.
The Congress had promised to write off farm loans of up to Rs. 2 lakh and provide a “salary grant” for five years to industries offering jobs to the youth if elected to power in Madhya Pradesh. In its election manifesto, the party promised a social security pension for farmers, who had held massive protests in the state last year, and a rebate in the registration fee of land documents, besides a financial help of Rs. 51,000 for the marriage of daughters of small cultivators.