Protesting against non waiving of entire debt of farmers, hundreds of farmers under the leadership of state president of BKU (Ugrahan) Joginder Singh Ugrahan began a five-day long dharna outside District Administrative Complex here on Monday. The farmers are protesting against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s alleged lackadaisical approach in waiving off the entire loan of farmers as he had promised to the farmers to do so in the previous assembly elections at various platforms. They have also brought atta, dal, vegetables etc with them to cook food and serve the same to the protesters at the dharna site.State president Joginder Singh Ugrahan said that before coming to power Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had promised to the farmers in the form of a slogan Karza Kurki Khatam, Fasal Di Poori Rakam” (finish debts, get full price for crops). But he had now backtracked from his promise, regarding loan waiver of farmers, as he had been expressing his inability to waive off entire loan of farmers, saying that state government could not afford to waive off more of their debts at this juncture, he added.Ugrahan said that Amarinder government had enacted a drama in the name of waiving off loans of marginal farmers, having land holdings up to 2.5 acres, as even thousands of marginal farmers had not been included in the lists of beneficiaries. Instead of waiving off loans of Rs 2 lakh of marginal farmers, only small amounts of their loans in the name of loan waiver had been waived off which was a cruel joke with the debt-ridden farmers, he added. Ugrahan said that due to wrong policies of the state and Central government, farmers were under heavy debt and had been committing suicides almost daily in various parts of the state. On the other hand, the government had been waiving loans of industrialists to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees. He asked the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh either to waive off entire loan of the farmers or resign from the post of Chief Minister, admitting that he had failed in fulfilling his promise, made to the farmers. Other leaders of the BKU (Ugrahan) also sought Rs 10 lakh as compensation and a government iob to the families of debt ridden farmers, who had committed suicides; unemployment allowance to unemployed youths, waiving off loans of farm labourers, arrangements to check stray animals’ menace in villages etc.
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