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Waive off farmers’ loan at earliest: Congress tells Rajasthan government

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot on Saturday demanded from the government to waive off farmers’ loan in the state “at the earliest”.

jaipur Updated: Dec 16, 2017 20:42 IST
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Farmers are living in poor financial condition due to natural calamities and non-disbursal of loans on time, says Sachin Pilot.
Farmers are living in poor financial condition due to natural calamities and non-disbursal of loans on time, says Sachin Pilot.(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot on Saturday demanded from the government to waive off farmers’ loan in the state “at the earliest”.

Citing that Union minister Nitin Gadkari has accepted the truth of farmer suicides in Rajasthan, Pilot said it was like showing mirror to the state government. “More than 80 farmers have committed suicide in the state due to their pathetic condition, but the state government has been refuting the fact,” he said.

“Not even a single minister visited the family members of deceased farmers. Agriculture minister crossed all limits of sensitivity stating that farmers have committed suicide due to their personal and family reasons,” he added.

Pilot said the farmers are living in bad financial condition due to natural calamities, non-disbursal of loans on time and non procurement of their crops on minimum support price in the last four years. “Recently, more than 200 trucks carrying moong were stranded on Ajmer highway, but government did not show any interest to help farmers. Similarly, in Hadauti region, farmers did not get even the production cost for garlic, due to which they threw garlic on the roads and depressed farmers even committed suicide,” he said.

Pilot said under pressure from the Congress and farmers, the state government had announced to waive off loans and formed a committee, but three months have passed since then, but the government has not taken any step in the direction. He said the state government had been neglecting the demands of the opposition and farmers, but now the Union minister has accepted the plight of farmers, the government should provide relief to farmers.

Meanwhile, Pilot extended his wishes to Rahul Gandhi on taking charge of the All India Congress Committee president. “Under the leadership of Gandhi, all Congressmen in the country will strongly work to protect democratic and constitutional values according to the party’s policies,” he said. “Under his guidance, the party is committed to maintain brotherhood, unity and mutual harmony in the country,” he added.

He said in the last three and a half years, under Rahul’s leadership the party has played strong role of opposition and fought to protect the interest of the general public. “With Rahul Gandhi assuming the charge of party president, there is flow of new energy and enthusiasm among the entire party,” he said.