Amarinder Singh promises to settle farmers’ debt

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 12:30 AM

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today promised to settle the loans of debt-ridden farmers by enacting a law to save their land and other property from being auctioned if the Congress forms the government in the state.

amarinder singh-l-ptiHe expressed concern over the alarming rise in the number of suicides by the farmers. Capt Amarinder also promised to set up a government degree college in Dirba besides elevating the place to the sub-divisional level as demanded by the local people. ( Source:PTI)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today promised to settle the loans of debt-ridden farmers by enacting a law to save their land and other property from being auctioned if the Congress forms the government in the state.

He expressed concern over the alarming rise in the number of suicides by the farmers.
Capt Amarinder also promised to set up a government degree college in Dirba besides elevating the place to the sub-divisional level as demanded by the local people.

He also announced to increase the number of seats in all the government colleges as these were falling too short of the demand as on now.

Addressing a meeting and interacting with the people of Dirba assembly segment during his seventh ‘Halqe Vich Captain’ programme here, Amarinder appealed to the farmers to bear with him and wait for six months more after which they will not face any harassment on account of their debts.

About 3500 people attended the interactive session with 2100 submitting written petitions and complaints.

Amarinder said, all those complaints will be documented and settled once the Congress forms the government in the state. He said, Sangrur area was one of the worst hit by the farmers’ suicides and assured that relief to the farmers will be his top most priority.

He reminded the people about the promise he made on December 15 during the ‘Badlaav Rally’ that no farmers’ land or property will be allowed to be auctioned.

Capt Amarinder recalled that during his previous tenure as Chief Minister he had got waived-off loans of the farmers from the cooperative banks.

He said, while he was negotiating the settlement with the public sector banks the government changed and nothing moved ahead. He said, this time he will ensure that the issue of loans was settled in a time bound manner.

The PCC president fielded a wide range of questions from the personal problems of people to the problems related to drainage and drinking water, establishment of a degree college and raising the sub-tehsil in Dirba to Sub-Divisional level.

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