Nawanshahr:Even as the Capt Amrinder Singh government has started taking measures to fulfil his poll promise to waive off farmers’ loans, contrary voices have also started coming up from different quarters opposing the move in the larger interests of farmers and state’s economy.
A local environmentalist and a leader of Apna Punjab Party Ashwani Joshi is of the view that waiving off loans will not help in alleviating the farmers’ plight as the vicious circle of debts will not end with it. “Apart from segregating the real farmers from those who show themselves as farmers for the sake of getting various concessions including those related to income tax, there is a dire need to frame a policy as will ensure the farmers do not require the need to take any loans. The policy must have separate provisions for small and big farmers,” he said here on Sunday.
District’s one of the progressive farmers, Mohinder Singh Dosanjjh, too advocates stopping of all kinds of farm loans to the peasantry without first seeking their project reports and the skills at hand to complete those projects. “This is a must if farmers are to be prevented from taking extreme steps like suicides,” he said, adding waiving off farmers’ loans was no solution to end farmers’ woes as it would be highly detrimental to the country’s economy.
Farm expert Kuldeep Singh Herian too thinks that if Punjab farmers are to be saved in the real sense, “Punjab requires another agricultural revolution based on adopting latest production and marketing technologies. While in production, cost of each kilogram of end product will have to decreased with ensuring simultaneous increase in per unit area yield, marketing practices as ensure elimination of middlemen will have to be adopted. Besides, purchase of inputs and sale of end products should be on cooperative basis,” he opines.
Surinder Bains of Kirti Kisan Union too is of the view that loan waiver will not bring any major relief to the miserable plight of peasantry in the state. “Framing of
better farm policies ensuring better prices of farm produce, implementation of Swaminathan’s report, ensuring a job to one person in each household in view of farming having become a highly unproductive venture etc are some of the measures which need to be taken.
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