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SAD-BJP delegation meet Punjab Governor on farm debt issue

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A joint SAD-delegation today urged VP to direct the to implement a Rs 90,000 crore farm loan waiver.

The delegation also wants the state to get all sacrilege cases of the previous SAD-as well as the present tenure inquired by a of the Supreme Court, a party release said here.

The joint delegation, headed by Sukhbir Singh Badal and state Vijay Sampla, briefed the about the manner in which the government has "lied, deceived and betrayed farmers by refusing to honour its commitment of a complete loan waiver," the release said.

The Congress government should implement a complete Rs 90,000 crore farm loan waiver for all farmers and ensure loans of farm labourers and are also waived, as promised by during his poll campaign.

Badal said only a limited loan of a few per cent of the indebted farmers was being considered for waiver despite cabinet decisions and even an assurance by the in the legislative assembly about complete loan waiver.

"Small farmers who had incurred a loan of more than Rs two lakh have been kept out of its ambit and even marginal farmers with 2.5 acres of land are virtually kept out of the scheme," said Badal.

MPs and Chandumajra, who were part of the delegation, alleged that more farmers were committing suicide due to the "flawed nature" of the scheme.

In a separate memorandum, the delegation also urged the to ask the Congress government to set up an inquiry headed by a of the Supreme to go into all cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib during the tenure of the and the current regime.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 17:16 IST