New Delhi: In this season of farm loan waiver, now the BJP government in Assam has come to the rescue of around eight lakh farmers of the state. Reports say the government has approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver. The move comes in the backdrop of farm loan waivers by the newly formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Farm loan waiver is a major issue in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held on Monday night. Assam Minister CM Patowary told ANI, “The state Cabinet decided to give relief to farmers and decided to refund 25% of their loans due in banks. Secondly, there’ll be a cap of Rs 25,000 for each farmer. Farmers who already paid their loans will be treated as ‘smart farmers’. They’ll also get this 25%.”
He added, “Apart from that, for those farmers who are not in a position to pay and becomes a non-performing asset in the bank, we have decided to make the payment of up to Rs 10,000 on Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loans of those farmers.”
Following suit, the BJP’s Odisha unit has also promised to waive farm loans in the state if the party comes to power in the 2019 Assembly elections. The announcement was made by BJP state president Basant Panda at a press conference. Odisha’s Assembly elections would be held alongside the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
On Tuesday, the Gujarat government waived Rs 625 crore energy bill dues of rural users. The Vijay Rupani-led BJP government announced a complete waiver under its one-time settlement scheme for over 6 lakh people living in rural parts of the state.
Earlier in the day, the Congress reminded the people how its governments in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had taken just a few hours to waive farm loans, unlike the Centre.
“We have already acted on farm loan waivers in few hours. PM Modi could not do this in the last four years. We will make sure farm loans are waived off. We will not let PM Modi sleep peacefully until he waives those loans,” party president Rahul Gandhi said.
Addressing media in the Parliament complex, he said the Government had turned a blind eye to the loans given to 15 top industrialists of the country but had not tried to address farmers’ issues in the past four years.