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Punjab govt's debt waiver scheme a 'massive fraud': Sukhbir

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A day after Punjab's launched its farm debt-waiver scheme, the opposition today accused the ruling party of defrauding farmers by waiving only a part of their loan.

"Debt-waiver (scheme) is a massive with the farming community. There cannot be a bigger than this," told reporters here.

The opposition party has decided to meet Governor V P Singh Badnore on January 12, seeking the dismissal of the It will also hold a meeting of the core committee of the party on the same day on the issue.

In district yesterday, Singh launched his government's farm debt-waiver scheme and slammed opposition parties for spreading a "false propaganda".

Farm debt waiver was one of the key promises of the ahead of the state polls in February last year.

Badal said that Singh had promised before the Assembly polls that the "entire debt" of all farmers would be waived.

The total amount of debt is about Rs 90,000 crore, he said.

"But waived just Rs 167 crore for 47,000 farmers yesterday. It worked out to be an average of Rs 35,000 per farmer," he said, referring to Singh.

Badal also raised questions on the functioning of the two commissions - and Justice Gill Commission - formed by the to probe cases of sacrilege and look into the "false cases" registered during the decade-long SAD-BJP rule.

He asked the government to appoint a of the to look into the matters.

Congress yesterday reportedly accused the of being behind the incidents of sacrilege.

"The commission has not given any verdict and Jakhar has been making wrong statements," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 19:11 IST