Amid the row over farm loan waiver issue in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said the state government committed no mistake.
Amid the row over farm loan waiver issue in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said the state government committed no mistake. Reports have recently shown that scores of farmers in the state received petty loan waivers. Some even got their Rs 1 loan waived. However, in an interview to Hindi Daily Dainik Bhaskar, Adityanath said, “There was no mistake. Truth is those who got a waiver of Rs 1 or Rs 1 lakh, both are farmers.”
ANI had reported on September 15 that some farmers in the state received waivers worth 19 paisa and 50 paisa. “The government waived only 19 paisa. I have spent a lot till now, have visited a number of officials, but it’s sad that I have only received 19 paisa of relief,” Ishwar Dayal, a farmer in Etawah, told the agency.
However, during the interview, the UP CM said, “Farmers of UP are so self-reliant that they paid the loan all by themselves. There are some thousand such farmers who will be awarded by the UP government.”
Notably, in its first budget presented in July, the Adityanath government had made a special provision of Rs 36,000 crore to honour BJP’s poll promise of granting the farm-loan waiver. “We have been able to mobilise the funds simply by plugging the leakages. The money that used to be siphoned off while the state was ruled by Congress, SP and BSP, we are putting to use for the welfare of farmers,” he said.
Earlier on September 6, the Uttar Pradesh CM took a dig at the opposition for criticising his government over the farm loan-waiver scheme. He alleged that rival parties had “embezzled” funds when in power, but his government is utilising the same for benefiting debt-ridden farmers. As per PTI, he said, “By bringing to an end their sins, we have been able to raise Rs 36,000 crore.”