The loans of almost 27 lakh Madhya Pradesh farmers had been waived off through the 15-month tenure of the Kamal Nath-led Congress authorities, the ruling BJP – which had earlier alleged a “fraud” on this matter – stated Monday.
The admission by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP authorities, which got here to energy earlier this yr after the dramatic fall of the Congress, got here through the single-day session of the state Meeting.
Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel gave written replies to questions on farm mortgage waivers that had been requested by two Congress MLAs – Jaivardhan Singh and Bala Bachchan.
Mr Patel knowledgeable the Home that 26,95,381 instances of farm loans value as much as Rs 1 lakh every had been waived off. The whole worth of loans waived off, the minister stated, was round Rs 11,000 crore.
Based on the info offered the loans of round 20.2 lakh farmers had been waived within the first part alone. There have been additionally round 5.91 lakh instances nonetheless awaiting a waiver, the minister stated.
In April, after being sworn in because the Agriculture Minister, Mr Patel advised NDTV that it was unclear if farmers’ excellent loans had, certainly been waived.
“Inside two hours of being sworn in as Chief Minister, Kamal Nath signed the file to waive farm loans of round 48 lakh farmers (value Rs 54,000 crore) in step with a ballot promise made by Rahul Gandhi. However solely waiver certificates have been distributed to eligible farmers. It’s nonetheless not clear if the excellent loans have been waived,” he stated.
Mr Patel had additionally urged these farmers who obtained certificates however not waivers to lodge instances of fraud and felony conspiracy in opposition to each Kamal Nath and Rahul Gandhi.
“I enchantment to these farmers who have gotten certificates however have not had loans waived to lodge instances of fraud and felony conspiracy in opposition to Kamal Nath, Rahul Gandhi and the earlier Congress authorities,” he had declared.
“We’ll act on these instances instantly,” he had stated.
The previous Agriculture Minister, Sachin Yadav, has stated this admission (that farm loans had been waived) by the BJP had uncovered a “politics of lies” pursued solely to defame the Kamal Nath authorities.