Ludhiana – The debt waiver scheme for farmers by Punjab government was exposed as seven farmers get debt relief less than Rs ten. The functions were organised to distribute the debt relief certificates to farmers of Ludhiana Sub Division on Wednesday. According to information, 3430 farmers were given debt waiver certificates. Out of total, seven farmers get debt waiver of less than Rs ten. The list of District Revenue officer shows that debt of Rs 3 and Rs 5 were waived off.
Moreover, the list also shows that 14 farmers get debt waiver of less than Rs one thousand. However, to take credit of scheme, Member Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu accompanied by MLAs and party leaders distributed certificates of Rs fifty thousand to two lakh debt waiver. MP Ravneet Bittu said that they have included the farmers having debt of two lakhs. Those farmers having two lakh debt waiver also gets relief. What can Government do if farmer is having debt of Rs three or five. Bittu also hit out at Akali Dal for criticizing debt waiver scheme started by Congress government. Akali Dal has not waived off single penny of farmers and has no right to speak.He further said that Punjab Government has covered all eligible marginal farmers with land holdings below 2.5 acres in Ludhiana district under its ambitious initiative to bail out peasantry from debt trap after a waiver worth Rs 20.99 crore was given to 3430 farmers in eight debt-relief programs. A total of 27804 marginal farmers belonging to Ludhiana have received the benefit under the scheme as per its criteria and loans worth Rs 160.03 crore has been waived off by the government.
On Wednesday, eight functions were organized in various areas of the district including Gill where 372 farmers were covered and loans worth Rs 1.89 crore were waived off by government, 530 farmers in Dakha where loans of Rs 2.81 crore were cleared, 426 farmers in Jagraon got benefit of the scheme and their loans worth Rs 2.30 crore amounting ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 50,000 were waived off.
In Sahnewal, 532 farmers were covered under the loan waiver scheme and their loans worth Rs 3.90 crore was waived off. A loan waiver of Rs 31 lakh was given to 41 farmers in Khanna, Rs 3.23 crore to 581 farmers in Payal, Rs 2.54 crore belonging 464 farmers in Raikot and loans worth Rs 4.01 crore of 484 farmers were cleared by Punjab Government.
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said that it is just the initial phase which had covered only marginal farmers, now the government will waive off the loans of small farmers and later those who had taken debt from commercial banks will get the benefit.
Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon distributed debt waiver certificates in Samrala, Former Minister Tej Parkash Singh Kotli along with MLA Payal Lakhbir Singh Lakha gave the certificates in Payal, ADC Jagraon Neeru Katyal Gupta handed loan waiver certificates in Raikot, Former Minister Tej Parkash Singh Kotli was present in Khanna’s debt waiver function and gave certificates to the farmers and SDM Amarjeet Singh Bains in Ludhiana East’s debt waiver function gave the certificates to the eligible farmers.
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