Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Amarinder on Sunday “reassured” farmers that their loans will be taken care of if his party comes to power in the state even as he promised “protection of the interests of the arhtiyas commission agents).” He said farmers will be covered under the party’s farm debt waiver scheme, which forms party of Congress’s Kisan Yatra in the state.
“Rest assured that you will not have to worry about any of your loans,” he told farmers. Amarinder said modalities to resolve the issue of loans taken from arhtiyas will also be worked out “in such a manner that neither the farmers nor the arhtiyas would have to suffer the debt burden”.
“With Rs 35,000 crore of the total rural indebtedness in the state contributed by farm debts, this is an issue of serious concern not only for the state but also the Central government,” he said and urged the Modi government to “waive off farm debts across the country in line with the waiver done for industries”.
Referring to farm debt waiver campaign in Punjab, Amarinder claimed it had evoked “a huge response” from farmers.
He said the ‘Congress Manifesto Committee’ is in the process of taking suggestions from arhtiyas regarding their problems and “possible steps would be taken to address their grievances while resolving the farm debt issue”.
‘Badals have betrayed Punjab farmers’
Barnala: Expressing his empathy with farmers waiting at the Barnala mandi for their payments for the past two weeks, Barnala MLA and vice president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Kewal Singh Dhillon has lashed out at the Akali government for betraying the farmers of the state.
Badal government has failed to deliver on its promise to pay the farmers within 48 hours of procurement, said Dhillon, on a visit to the grain market in Barnala. Dhillon expressed extreme displeasure over the tardy lifting of the paddy, saying that it is shameful that Akali government has repeatedly failed to protect the interests of the farmers.
“Farmers are facing a harrowing time on account of the slow pace of procurement and delay in payment, and are compelled to spend nights in the grain market.
Farmers and commission agents highlighted that government has not released payment after October. “The writing on the wall is clear and days of present Akali-BJP government in Punjab are numbered,” said Dhillon, reiterating the Punjab Congress commitment to bring the farming community back from the brink of disaster to which it had been brought by Badal regime.
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