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Have proof of graft in farm debt waiver scam: Anna

The Gandhian crusader, Anna Hazare claims that he has sufficient proof of alleged corruption committed in the “farmers’ loan waiver scheme”, which was brought to light by the CAG recently.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2013 00:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Gandhian crusader, Anna Hazare on Sunday claimed that he has sufficient proof of alleged corruption and irregularities committed in the “farmers’ loan waiver scheme” of the Centre, which was brought to light by the CAG report recently.

Hazare, who was in Nagpur on a two-day tour in eastern Vidarbha said, “If the government is interested in going through the proofs, I am willing to hand over to them.”

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report tabled in Parliament recently, pointed out that several ineligible farmers were favoured and a large number of deserving small and marginal farmers left out in implementation of the much-talked Rs. 52,000-crore farm loan-waiver scheme.

The scheme, meant to help indebted farmers of suicide-prone regions, was so haphazard and faulty in implementation that no records were maintained of farmers applications accepted or rejected by lending institutions or how many farmers were given fresh loans as a result of debt waiver/relief, the report said. The opposition, BJP has already demanded a CBI probe in this regard.

The Gandhian crusader also suspected large-scale irregularities in drought-relief fund of Maharashtra to be received from the Union government. “The central relief is a peanut for the affected people of Maharashtra. However, this meagre amount would not be utilised properly,” he felt.

Hazare said that the drought situation in the state was more of a manmade rather than a natural calamity. The problems of political apathy and corruption, coupled with unchecked exploitation of water resources, was responsible for parched condition o fthe soil in the state.

“We have exploited our water resources to the maximum possible limits without employing scientific methods of water and soil conservation in many years and the result is for everyone to see,” he pointed out.

Answering a question, he said that neither the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi nor the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi would be able to solve the national issues if they took the reins of the country. There is a need to change the election system. “The present election process is like to convert the black money into white,” he quipped.

He blamed the Gujarat chief minister Modi for not enacting an act for Lokayukta and questioned why Modi has opposed the Lokayukta appointment in Gujarat.

First Published: Mar 17, 2013 20:31 IST