GHAZIPUR: In a clear indication that the Modi government is unlikely to consider a nation-wide farm loan waiver in response to recent political reverses, PM
on Saturday said such measures are more than “lollipops” and dubbed Congress a “lollipop company”.
“Before the 2009 elections, those who hand out lollipops offered a loan waiver. Did any of you benefit from the 2009 loan waiver? Were you not forgotten (after the election)? Will you believe such people? Will you trust a ‘lollipop company’? ”
The PM’s remarks made it clear that he is not leading to the bait after Congress chief
recently said that the opposition will not allow Modi to sleep till a farm loan waiver is announced. The promise of a waiver was seen in
and also in Madhya Pradesh
While farm distress was perceived to hurt
Responding to the loan waiver, Modi said the promise of a loan waiver in Karnataka is a mirage. “Lakhs were promised loan waivers, votes were robbed. But only, only, only 800 people have received the waiver For transient political gains, promises were made These decisions will not resolve the problem, “he said.
The PM said the more effective methods to address farm issues include modernising of procurement, creation of cold storage chains and the move to ensure a minimum support price that is about 1.5 times the cost of the production cost. “We have been the first time brought 22 crops under the MSP list,” he said.
Taking aim at farm-centric populism, the PM said the immediate aftermath of Congress victories in MP and Rajasthan was that lines for urea had reappeared. “What is the reason for voting in Rajasthan and MP is that I am watching this (You can see the result of fanciful schemes to gather in these states),” said Modi.
Telling his largely rural audience that it needed to understand the “reality” of loan waivers, he said the all-India loan of farmers was around Rs 6 lakh crore when the 2009 loan waiver was announced. “But the government gave only Rs 60,000 crore There were 35 lakh beneficiaries who were neither farmers nor had any debt. Who benefited from such things? I would urge you to beware of Congress’s lies and dishonesty, “the PM said.
Congress leader promising loan waivers in other states – Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda said this will be done in “six hours” if the party was in state in state – Modi accused Congress of insincerity,
commission report on the farm sector “The file for growing MSP to 50% of costs was buried. Now we have initiated many such works in the last four years Cold storages and mega food parks are being built, “he said.
“This chowkidar of yours is toiling very hard day and night, and with honesty …. Because of this chowkidar, some thieves are having sleepless nights. It is your faith and blessings on me that will take their rightful place one day, “he said.
This was the PM’s second visit to UP this month during which he released a postal stamp on Hindu King Suheldev, seen as a effort to woo the Rajbhar community which reveres
Suheldev who had defeated Muslim warrior Ghazi He also visited Varanasi for the South Asian Regional Center of the