Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that his government would waive off agriculture loans of all the farmers in accordance with the promise. According to him the government has direct control over cooperative banks and therefore that loans in these banks have been waived off whereas it will take some time for completing the process of waiving off loans in rural and nationalized banks.
Baghel said this while intervening into the replies of departmental minister on the call attention notice of BJP MLAs Brijmohan Agrawal and Ajay Chandrakar and Janta Congress MLA Ajit Jogi over farm loan waiver. He said that steps were also taken for waiving off loans of farmers who were declared defaulters. Talks are currently underway in different banks; he said adding that it would take some time.
All such cases would be sorted out through one-time settlement, he said. Baghel said that he respects the opposition and has full faith on democracy. Earlier, Mr Agrawal in his supplementary questions alleged that a farmer in Jashpur district Mohan Ram Nirala committed suicide after he came to know that his loan was not waived off.
Even government itself has admitted that loan of the farmer was waived off after he committed suicide, Agrawal said. BJP MLA Ajay Chandrakar said that farmers were unable to obtain loans as the amount of interest was not being deposited. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi said that farmers believed Congress and its National President when they announced to waive off all agriculture loans all agriculture loans including mid-term and long term loans.
Emphasising that it would entail Rs 40 thousand crore, he asked whether these loans too would be waived off or not. Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam said that promise was made to waive off short-term agriculture loan. This promise has been fulfilled, he added.