Prime News, State, (Hubbali), August 29:- The number of farmer suicides would have been mitigate if the Union government waived off farmers’ loans in nationalised banks, said Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara.
Addressing a conference of Congress’s booth-level office-bearers here on Monday, Parameshwara said that despite several requests by the State government, the Centre did not waive off farmers’ loans in nationalised banks that amounted to nearly Rs 40,000 crore. The State has been witnessing continuous drought for last five years. Farmers are facing the severe most crises but the Centre is doing nothing except pay lip service, he said.
The total amount of farmers’ loans in the State are Rs 40,000 crore in nationalised banks and Rs 10,000 crore in cooperative institutions. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president B S Yeddyurappa roared that he would lay seize to the Vidhana Soudha if the State government did not waive off the loans. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has waived off farmers loans from cooperative institutions. This has helped nearly 22 lakh farmers in the State. However, Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders including Jagadish Shettar kept mum when the Centre refused to waive off loans from nationalised banks.
While the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh waived off farmers’ loans to the tune of Rs 72,000 crore, the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to rush to the farmers aid. While the Centre refused to waive off farmers’ loans citing financial reasons it has at the same time waived off loans taken by big corporate and industrial houses, he said.
KPCC President Parameshwara said he would challenge those BJP leaders levelling baseless allegations against the Congress government in the State to come out with the list of welfare schemes introduced by the erstwhile BJP government and today’s Congress government. Let the people decide who has done what for them, he said.
Highlighting various welfare schemes introduced by the State Government such as Anna Bhagya, midday meals, ksheera bhagya, uniform and learning material to schoolchildren and free distribution of laptops to college students, he said the State government led by Siddaramaiah has fulfilled assurances made in the 2013 Assembly elections. He said the BJP leaders should explain what prevented them from launching such schemes catering to the interests of the weaker and backward sections of society.
Minister for Mines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni, former Minister A M Hindasageri, Hubballi-Dharwad East MLA Prasad Abbayya, former MLC Veeranna Mattikatti and others spoke.
Nearly 20 BJP workers joined the Congress on this occasion.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)