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Complete debt waiver: Don’t give excuses for not fulfilling pre-poll promise, Harsimrat to Capt Amarinder

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday had said the state government can’t extend debt waiver scheme to all farmers due to lack of support from central government.

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2018 12:08 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Bathinda
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Harsimrat Kaur Badal(HT File )

Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday said instead of fulfilling the promise of complete farm debt waiver, the Congress government in Punjab was now blaming the central government for failing to do so.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday had said the state government can’t extend debt waiver scheme to all farmers due to lack of support from central government, coupled with bad finances inherited from the Akali dispensation.

Talking to reporters during a programme to mark Basant Panchami here, she said it was now the duty of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to keep his word. She also asked the CM not to give excuses for not waiving debt of all farmers.

AAP also hits out

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday hit out at the chief minister for “refusing” to extend the debt waiver scheme to all farmers “Was Amarinder unaware about the fiscal health of the state before making promise of waiving entire debt of farmers?” they said.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 12:07 IST