Haryana, June 13: Farmers in Haryana have refused to end their agitation against the government, demanding that their demands, including loan waiver, be fulfiled. They have in fact threatened to intensify their stir. Several demands of farmers in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have been met by the respective state governments, but Haryana farmers have refused to step back. Farmers in Haryana are sitting on a dharna in many parts of the state. They have decided to block national highways for three hours on June 16. Also Read - Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh: 2 Top BJP Leaders, Including ex-CM Dhumal, in Home Quarantine
Dharnas were also held by Haryana farmers over the killing of six farmers in police firing during protests in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. Over the past few days, there have been protests going on in eight districts of Haryana, i.e. Ambala, Hisar, Jind, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Sirsa. On Monday, the farmers also protested in Panchkula. Also Read - Flying to Mumbai? Check Out New Quarantine Rules For Domestic Passengers Here
As reported by the Indian Express, the Haryana government has initiated the process of collecting details about the outstanding farm loans particularly given by its cooperative banks and societies to the farmers, keeping in view the increasing protests by farmers. It mentions that the defaulting loan of Rs 6,575 crore, which the farmers could not deposit with the cooperative banks and societies on time. Also Read - Seasoned Politician With Clean Reputation: Meet Manoj Sinha, The New J&K Lieutenant Governor
A government official told The Indian Express, “Keeping in view the past practice of waiving such farm loans, the government may consider to waive off this much amount. As of now, only details are being collected.”
The total outstanding crop loan in Haryana has been reportedly pegged at Rs 28,558 crore with more than 22 lakh Kisan Credit Cards (KCC), as of March 31, 2015.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, former Haryana chief minister, is going to hold a meeting with present and past MLAs of the party in New Delhi on Tuesday over the issue. The meeting will be reportedly held to launch an agitation on the farmers’ issue.