Akali Dal asks for loan waiver for farmers
“The failure of the Amarinder government to keep its poll promise has led to an increase in suicides”
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday raised the issue of farmer suicides in Punjab on the second day of the Assembly’s budget session, demanding a complete waiver of agricultural loans as pledged by the ruling Congressional government before come to power in 2017.
SAD MPs demanded that a two-day discussion be held on farmers’ issues. The main opposition, the Aam Aadmi party, raised the issue of the delay in the election of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). AAP MP and opposition leader Harpal Singh Cheema said the government was responsible for the delay in the SGPC elections, which he said was “hand in hand” with Shiromani Akali Dal.
Akali chief Bikram Singh Majithia, speaking to reporters, said the failure of the Congressional government to implement the loan exemption led to an increase in farmer suicides. “The debt had increased because people believed in the promise of Congress and many did not pay their installments,” said Mr. Majithia.
He alleged that the state government failed to address farmers’ issues with the central government. “The Congressional government, for its part, had failed to convince the Center to publish a special program for the state so that it could undertake the much-needed diversification and rejuvenate agricultural practices. This includes the rehabilitation of the canal irrigation system and intensive micro-irrigation systems in addition to water management and rainwater harvesting, ”said Mr. Majithia.
During Question Time, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured the House that repair work on damaged link roads across the state is progressing rapidly and will be completed within the next year. .
Responding to a question, he said repair work on 34,977 kilometers of state link roads would be completed by the end of April and that work on an additional 6,162 km would be completed in the next fiscal year.