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Govts can’t waive farmers’ bank loans: Punjab CM

Terming the Congress’ “karza mukti” (debt waiver) drive and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s promise to waive farmers’ loans illogical, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said the governments have no role in waiving farm loans.

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2016 13:19 IST
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Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal(HT File Photo)

Terming the Congress’ “karza mukti” (debt waiver) drive and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s promise to waive farmers’ loans illogical, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said the governments have no role in waiving farm loans.

“Banks give loan and they do recover the same. If we fail to repay, they do not give another loan. How the government is a party here?” the CM questioned.

Speaking on the sidelines of a “sangat darshan” here, Badal said the AAP government in Delhi had failed on all fronts and now its leaders were trying to shift the onus of their non-performance on others, he said, refuting charges that stubble burning in Punjab was one of the reasons for pollution in Delhi.

Seeking Kejriwal’s resignation, Badal said that any CM who fails to discharge his duties has no moral right to remain in office. “Kejriwal has failed in Delhi and is now making false promises in Punjab,” he said.

Sukhbir ridicules Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh didn’t know the SAD-BJP government had already taken steps to resolve problems being faced by farmers at the hands of commission agents.

Ridiculing Amarinder for announcing that the Congress will resolve the issue of farmer loans taken from commission agents once it came to power, Sukhbir said: “You seem to be living in a gilded cage surrounded by a coterie which keeps you busy in leisurely activities so you missed the passing of the Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Bill, 2016, by the state assembly.” The bill, he said, “envisaged exactly what you aim to do”. “It provides a framework for assessment and settlement of non-institutional agricultural debt, which has been a major burden on debt-ridden farmers of Punjab.”