New Delhi: Taking serious note of the report which claimed that a farmer in Madhya Pradesh got less loan waiver, Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday ordered a probe into the matter and asked district collectors to take strict action against those responsible.
CM Kamal Nath, who is Davos currently, has asked the principal secretary to establish control rooms in every district to address farmers’ grievances. (Also read: HC Junks PIL Against Farm Loan Waiver)
According to reports, some farmers have alleged that their names are missing from the list of loan waiver scheme and some found their name in the list when they have repaid loan long back.
The state government has formed a panel of officers who would look into the matter and respond to the complainants within two days. The department has issued a form for compiling details of farmers’ grievances in connection with the scheme.
The matter came into light when a farmer, Shivpal Kataria, saw Rs 13 marked against his name on the list of beneficiaries for the farm loan waiver issued by the authorities.
Kataria was expecting a loan waiver of Rs 24,000. “The state government had promised to waive loans up to Rs 2 lakh. Forms were filled and I was expecting a complete waiver of my loan amount of Rs 23,815. But, the list that has come to the panchayat says only Rs 13 has been waived,” IANS quoted Kataria as saying.
The Kamal Nath-led government had announced farm loan waiver the day he took charge. The process of application began on January 15.
February 5 is the last date for applying for loan waiver and from February 22, the money is supposed to start going directly to the farmers’ bank accounts. The scheme aims to benefit 55 lakh farmers and would mean an expenditure of Rs 50,000 crore.
Meanwhile, reacting to Kataria’s ordeal, Home Minister Bala Bachchan had said, “Whosoever faces this problem should inquire about it from bank officials. We will waive off loans up to Rs 2 lakh of farmers who are eligible and took loan within the specified time frame.”
Targeting the Congress party, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday, “The news that people are being given Rs 10, Rs 20 and Rs 50 in the name of farm loan waivers is a cruel joke. Yesterday, I checked a list of farm loan waiver beneficiaries, half of the list was in English. How will the farmers be able to understand it?”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath had cleared a proposal for waiving farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh soon after he took oath on December 17, fulfilling a promise made by the Congress ahead of Assembly polls in the state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had promised a farm loan waiver within 10 days of his party coming to power in the state, where it ended the 15-year-long BJP rule.