Congress abet­ting farm­ers’ sui­cides, says Ma­jithia

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab -

: Rais­ing the is­sue of sui­cides by farm­ers, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) Bikram Singh Ma­jithia on Sun­day main­tained that “the Congress gov­ern­ment was abet­ting these sui­cides by fail­ing to im­ple­ment its prom­ise of com­plete farm loan waiver”. Af­ter fe­lic­i­tat­ing the sarpanches and panches, elected in the re­cently held Pan­chayat polls at his res­i­dence here, Ma­jithia said Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi‘s model of farm loan waiver was a “be­trayal” to the farm­ing com­mu­nity in Pun­jab and the coun­try. He said it was shock­ing that a Ferozepur farmer had to kill his wife and two chil­dren due to fi­nan­cial stress, as he had not re­ceived any help from the gov­ern­ment to clear his debts.

Ma­jithia said, the Congress gov­ern­ment’s farm loan waiver scheme had not even ben­e­fited the poster boy of Congress ‘Karza Kurki Khatam, Fasal di poori rakam’ scheme, Budh Singh, of Kotli Su­rat Mal­lian vil­lage. He said Budh Singh’s loan was cleared by a social worker when the Congress gov­ern­ment failed to honor its prom­ise.

The Akali leader asked Rahul Gandhi to im­ple­ment the prom­ise of com­plete loan waiver of Rs.90,000 crore in Pun­jab first be­fore giv­ing as­sur­ances to the farm­ers of other states.

He ac­cused the Congress gov­ern­ment of not waiv­ing off the debt of even 1 per cent farm­ers in the state. “The state gov­ern­ment had waived off only the crop loan. Ma­jor­ity of farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cides un­der the bur­den of loans taken from banks and agents,” he added.

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