Farmers' unrest: Congress demands loan waiver for Uttarakhand peasants

Terming as 'a shame for Uttarakhand' the alleged suicide by a debt-ridden farmer in Pithoragarh district recently, the opposition Congress on Thursday demanded an immediate loan waiver for the cultivators of the state on the lines of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

PTI June 22, 2017 19:41:45 IST
Farmers' unrest: Congress demands loan waiver for Uttarakhand peasants

Dehradun: Terming as "a shame for Uttarakhand" the alleged suicide by a debt-ridden farmer in Pithoragarh district recently, the opposition Congress on Thursday demanded an immediate loan waiver for the cultivators of the state on the lines of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Farmers unrest Congress demands loan waiver for Uttarakhand peasants

Representational image. AFP

In a letter to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Pritam Singh said the farmer's suicide in Pithoragarh district is a "wake up call" which cannot be ignored.

He said concrete steps need to be taken immediately including a loan waiver to farmers in the lines of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, provide interest-free loans to them, fixing minimum support prices (MSPs) for their produce at a rate 1.5 times higher than their investment and payment of the dues to sugarcane growers to prevent the problem of farmers' suicide from tightening its grip on the state.

"Uttarakhand had remained untouched by farmers' suicide until recently when a debt-ridden farmer of Daul Dungar village in Berinag block of Pithoragarh district committed suicide due to his inability to repay the loans he had taken from banks. This is a proof that the problem afflicting other parts of the country has begun to infect Uttarakhand now. On an average 35 farmers commit suicide every day in different parts of the country," the PCC president said in the letter.

Terming the alleged suicide as an "embarrassment" for the state, Singh listed six demands related to farmers which should be fulfilled immediately in accordance with the commitments made by the BJP in its vision document.

The other demands put forward by the PCC chief included making electricity available to farmers for agricultural activity at half the market price and a compensation of Rs one crore to the family of the deceased farmer in Pithoragarh.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

UPPSC PCS Mains 2019 new examination dates declared; check uppsc.up.nic.in for details
India

UPPSC PCS Mains 2019 new examination dates declared; check uppsc.up.nic.in for details

The UPPSC PCS 2019 Mains exam will now be conducted on 22 September, while UPPSC RO/RFO 2019 Mains exam will be held on 15 October.

Hansal Mehta to develop and direct series based on gangster Vikas Dubey
Entertainment

Hansal Mehta to develop and direct series based on gangster Vikas Dubey

Hansal Mehta, known for directing Aligarh and Omerta, said he will approach the subject responsibly.

BJP functionary shot dead during morning walk in UP's Baghpat; Yogi Adityanath orders probe
India

BJP functionary shot dead during morning walk in UP's Baghpat; Yogi Adityanath orders probe

Sanjay Khokhar was the district president of the BJP for three years and was removed from the post before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections