Lucknow, September 15: In a cruel joke on debt-ridden farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Ethawah district, they received loan waiver of 19 paise and 50 paise. They got such a low amount of loan waiver even though the Yogi Adityanth government had announced to waiver on loans up to Rs 1 lakh.

Accusing the government of playing cruel joke on them, Ishwar Dayal, a farmer, said, “Our ancestors were freedom fighters. It’s a slap on faces of freedom fighters’ families. The government played cruel joke on us.”

In Etawah, loan of 9,527 farmers worth Rs 58,29,00,000 has been waived but those who received waiver of a meagre amount felt cheated. Also read: UP Farmers Get Loan Waiver Cheques From Re 1 to Rs 18

State Cabinet Minister Satyadev Pachauri rejected the accusation. “This is false. We have waived loans as high as Rs 1,00,000, even Rs 80,000 an Rs 90,000 for some farmers.”

Recently, loan waiver certificates of Rs 10 and Rs 215 were allegedly given at a function held in Hamirpur with much fanfare and presided by state’s labour and employment exchanges minister Mannu Kori. Shanti Devi of Umri village got a loan waiver of just Rs 10.37 against a loan of Rs 1.55 lakh.

Another farmer Munni Lal of Maudaha village was given a loan waiver certificate of Rs 215 against his loan of Rs 40,000, the Hindustan Times reported.

The Yogi Adityanath government had on July 11 presented its first Rs 3,84,659.71 crore budget for 2017-18, making a special provision of Rs 36,000 crore to honour its poll promise of farm loan waiver through debt redemption. The farm loan waiver was a major promise in the BJP’s election manifesto.