‘By I-Day, UP farmers to be free of debt’
Lucknow: This Independence Day will demonstrate a new kind of freedom for farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
On Thursday, Deputy Minister Dinesh Sharma announced the Vidhan Parishad that the state government would grant abandonment of all loans to farmers before August 15.
The announcement came two days after the government has allocated a budget of Rs 36 billion rupees to repay loans of up to Rs 1 lakh taken by small and marginal farmers.
The waiver of the loan for farmers, which should benefit about 86 lakh people, was one of the BJP’s main promises during the election campaign of the meeting, held earlier this year.
Sharma said the verification of farmers’ bank accounts would be completed on July 22, after which the money transfer process would begin. He said the farmers who had obtained their Aadhaar cards linked to their bank accounts benefit the first two phases.
“If the rest of the farmers would be taken later,” he said. Deputy added that the state government had asked the banks not to take notice or take action against farmers who do not pay the loans.
The issue of the loan exemption was lifted in the legislature after Congressman Dhruv Kumar Tripathi of Congress said that the amount allocated in the budget was far from sufficient.
He said that the budget needs for this purpose was not less than Rs 93,000 crore.
The government has also decided to establish a company to supply medicines to public hospitals in the state. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said the decision had been made due to the shortage of medicines in some hospitals.