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BJP smells scam in loan waiver scheme

BJP today alleged there was a scam worth Rs 10,000 crore in implementation of the scheme

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Citing the CAG report on farm loan waiver, BJP today alleged there was a "big scam" worth Rs 10,000 crore in implementation of the scheme and demanded strict action against those responsible for it.

"The UPA Government is for the scam, of the scam and by the scamsters... This is a huge scam of Rs 10,000 crore which stand looted in the Rs 50,000 crore scheme. This is a big fraud committed on the nation and we want strict action," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters outside Parliament.

He said the CAG report on farm loan waivers has come with hard evidences and "evidence in the farm loan waiver is a very big thing".

"The estimate is that there is a scam of more than Rs 10,000 crore in the Rs 52,000 crore loan waiver. In this scheme, more than 34 lakh farmers who were eligible for the waiver were not granted any concessions and 24 lakh ineligible farmers were given huge benefits of this loan waiver," Javadekar alleged.

The spokesperson said the scheme was "essentially skewed" because once even single instalment is repaid, one is not eligible for getting the waiver.

"That is why we see that Rs 60,000 crore have been distributed and farmers continue to die by hanging themselves and committing suicides," he said.

Javadekar said in Delhi and Chandigarh, the loan waiver amount is more than in UP, Bihar and West Bengal put together.

"This is how the schemes are being manipulated by vested interests and this is the face of the UPA Government. We condemn it.

"The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will look into it. But they owe answers. It is not just an irregularity. Thousands of crores cannot be given to ineligible people without somebody supporting or saying," he said.

BJP leader Jaswant Singh said the scheme "was an electoral game and its shortcomings were bound to get exposed. Yes, there have been irregularities but the point is government's money should not be spent to further the interest of political parties in elections."

Asked if this was a failure of the system, the BJP leader said, "Yes, it is but before that it is result of vitiated thoughts."

First Published: Tue, March 05 2013. 14:59 IST