In an exclusive interview to ANI today, PM Modi spoke about farmer issues and his government’s stand on loan waivers.
#PMtoANI on loan waivers by Congress state Govts: To say a lie and mislead, that is what I called lollipop. Like saying ‘we have waived all farm loans’. The truth is that nothing like that has happened. Please see their own circulars, they should not mislead. pic.twitter.com/BOISilifuf— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2019
ANI editor asked the PM that Rahul Gandhi and his party has often
alleged that the NDA government has allowed economic offenders to flee
the country while farmers in the country are suffering, PM stated that
Congress often resorts to slandering while ignoring its own failure to
provide relief to farmers.
PM Modi asserted that as he has stated before, Congress’ promise of farm loan waivers is just a lollipop to cheat people. He explained that time and again, Congress has used loan waivers as an election time trick while actually doing nothing for farmers.
Over the allegations by the opposition that billionaire economic
offenders like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi had fled while farmers in the
country are suffering, the PM stated that waiving off farmers’ loan is
never the solution, had it been the solution, why are there still
farmers in distress while multiple governments have promised loan
waivers over the years.
PM Modi asserted that the solution to tackle agrarian distress is to
empower the farmers. Highlighting his slogan of ‘Beej se le kar bazar
tak’ PM stated that his government is attempting to offer farmers
long-term solutions via Irrigation projects, value addition,
minimalising wastage, logistical solutions to stop distribution issues
and providing facilities like storage, marketing and technological
assistance. He also added that his government has spent thousands of
crores in irrigation projects that will directly benefit countless
farmers, but irrigation projects are not an election gimmick, so media
never focuses on it.
PM stated that his government is trying to create an environment in
the country that farmers do not even need to take loans. He also
highlighted the fact that the Swaminathan report had come in 2007, yet,
the UPA government never implemented it. He added that had the UPA
government had implemented the recommendations of the report instead of
the false promise of waiving off the farm loans to win the 2009
elections, the agrarian scenario in the country now would have been
He then stated that by raising the MSP of 22 chief crops, his
government has ensured that farmers earn more. PM Modi also asserted
that instead of falling for the bait of Congress over the loan waiver
gimmick, media in the country should behave more responsibly and attempt
to find out how many farmers have actually benefitted from the loan
waiver schemes that have been announced before every election.
PM Modi also added that state governments are free to implement farm
loan waivers and his government has never objected to it. He insisted
that farmers of the country will actually benefit when governments start
offering holistic, practical solutions and not election time
PM Modi had expressed his criticism over the election time gimmick of
farm loan waivers at a rally in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh recently. The
PM had stated that loan waivers are not a solution to agrarian issues
and they do not solve the problems the farmers are facing,
Hinting at a comprehensive plan by the central government, the PM had
stated that the Congress had cheated the farmers in several states by
promising the ‘lollipop’ of big promises and then have failed the farmers in every state.
In Karnataka, despite announcements by the government that they have
allocated funds of Rs 44,000 crores, only 800 farmers have reportedly
benefitted from the loan waiver scheme. In recent weeks, many farmers
have received recovery notices from banks, facing arrest and many have also committed suicide.
in Madhya Pradesh too, the Congress had created hype over signing
loan waivers within a day of Kamal Nath assuming office but the waiver
scheme came with a number of terms and conditions which made very few farmers eligible for the waiver scheme.
PM Modi has always maintained that his government is committed to double the farmers’ income by 2022. The NDA government has taken a number of steps including raising the MSP, digitalising benefit transfer schemes, minimising wastage and direct marketing to consumers through eNAM to achieve this goal. The year 2017-18 saw India’s highest production of foodgrains so far.
Source : OpIndia