SAD asks CM to direct cooperative banks to cease issuing arrest warrants in opposition to farmers

CHANDIGARH: -The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at present requested chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to direct cooperative banks to cease issuing arrest warrants in opposition to farmers who had did not repay their loans due to deteriorating monetary circumstances resulting from crop failures coupled with sharp enhance in agricultural inputs.

In an announcement right here, senior SAD chief Dr Daljit Singh Cheema expressed shock that arrest warrants had been issued to farmers in Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepur and Fazilka districts for failing to repay loans taken from the Punjab Agricultural Improvement Financial institution. He mentioned a lot of the defaulters had been from the State’s cotton belt.

Asserting that the chief minister was greatest knowledgeable concerning the agricultural disaster being confronted by the State and had all the time been a votary in opposition to use of excessive handed strategies in opposition to farmers, Dr Daljit Cheema demanded instant withdrawal of the arrest warrants. He mentioned the AAP authorities must also prolong all attainable assist to farmers together with making certain they had been paid a bonus of Rs 500 per quintal to compensate them for the failure of their wheat crop. “The federal government must also scale back State VAT on diesel which has witnessed a pointy hike over the past one month apart from arising with different schemes to cut back farm indebtedness”.

Dr Cheema made it clear that the SAD wouldn’t sit quiet within the face of arrest of farmers of the State. “The Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) should honour its phrase and take the farmers out of the circle of indebtedness as a substitute of utilizing arrest warrants to humiliate and harass them”. He mentioned this tactic was already having an antagonistic impact with three farmers committing suicide in Bathinda and Mansa district fearing elevated indebtedness resulting from low wheat crop yields.

The SAD chief additionally expressed shock that the AAP authorities had not reacted in time and didn’t make a case for complete reduction to Punjab farmers following partial failure of their wheat crop. “No effort was made to demand launch of funds from the Catastrophe Administration Fund by making out a case of pure calamity resulting from extreme rains adopted by a pointy enhance within the temperature”. He mentioned the State had additionally not requisitioned the centre to take inventory of the losses suffered by the farmers until now.

Dr Cheema additionally requested the chief minister to get energetic and request the centre to launch funds to the cooperative and land mortgage banks in Punjab. He mentioned Nabard had put a cease to launch of funds resulting from which the banks in Punjab weren’t extending loans to farmers of the State. “With fee brokers additionally refusing to increase credit score to farmers as a result of current wheat crop failure the scenario has develop into very precarious. The chief minister should intervene instantly and resolve all the issues being confronted by the farming group”, Dr Cheema added. EOM


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