States will have to find funds for farm loan waivers: Jaitley

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 13, 2017

"Try to understand farmers' crisis and do not try understanding agrarian situation to events and episodes of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu farmers protesting in Delhi and the killing of farmers in Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh) in police firing".

"The criteria of eligible farmers are being finalised". Congress is having an aggressive approach regarding farmers' issue ahead of state polls.

The finance minister's statement comes a day after the Maharashtra government waived farmers' loans.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav attempted to reach Mandsaur earlier this week to commiserate with the agitating farmers, but police prevented their movement into the area. Five farmers died within minutes of each other. "Why shouldn't the Central government announce the loan waiver?"

Sangh state president Dev Narayan Patel after meeting CM said, "We asked him to waive the loans of the farmers and pressed for the minimum support price (MSP) for farm produce."Our meeting with Chief Minister was cordial, but we will continue our agitation till our demands are met", he declared".

Amid growing demands for farm loan waivers in many states, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley made it clear on Monday that the states will have to give it from their own resources and that the Centre could not pitch in. States which want to go for these kind of schemes, will have to generate them from their own resources. "I must say that the state government is capable of providing financial assistance to farmers and we can bear it", he said. But around two crore people have given it up so far and it helped the Centre to pass on the benefits to others who are in dire need of cooking gas.

Besides, the ministers' group has made a decision to restart fresh loan disbursal to farmers from 12 June 2017.

The Congress leader also said that demonetisation has broken the cash-cycle the farmer had with the commission agents and it will take some time for things to normalise.

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