Punjab CM meeting with agricultural unions: no assurance on total debt cancellation: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, December 23
The cancellation of the “incomplete” debt and the “late implementation” of the compensation policy for parents of farmers who commit suicide due to high indebtedness remain today the point of friction between the government and leaders of 32 farmers’ unions.
Union leaders, unhappy with the government for holding a separate meeting with the Bhartiya Kisan (Ugrahan) union which delayed their own meeting, called today’s meeting with the CM a “failure”. Although CM Charanjit Channi agreed to release 1,200 crore rupees to clear loans of up to 2 lakhs rupees under the existing debt cancellation program for marginal small farmers of 1.09 lakh, owning With land up to 5 acres, union leaders were not impressed.
âThe total agricultural loan is Rs 1.40 lakh crore. Congress had announced full debt relief, from which they have now backed down. The issue of debt relief for those who have benefited from loans (other than crop loans) from the Punjab State Agricultural Development Cooperative Bank has also not been addressed, âhe said. the Tribune Jagmohan Singh Patiala, General Secretary of BKU (Dakaunda). Harmeet Singh Kadian, chairman of BKU (Kadian), said they had come to meet with the CM in hopes of getting demands met, but the only thing they got were assurances.
Buta Singh Burjgill, President, BKU (Dakaunda) raised the issue of labor to relatives of 700 “martyred” farmers during the unrest, to which the government said it received a list of 407 farmers, 152 of whom had received letters jobs and another 17 were published today.
Meanwhile, AAP deputy and Kisan Wing head of state Kultar Sandhwan accused the CM of organizing meetings as “just a formality.”
Dharnas to continue
- Nine representatives of BKU (Ugrahan) had a separate meeting with the CM and raised six demands, including compensation for loss of cotton crop and toll-free passage for farmers’ vehicles
- They said that although they had received an assurance from the CM for all issues to be resolved, the dharnas outside the DC offices would continue until the next meeting with the CM on December 30th.