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Farmer Protests Are a Fallout of Demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee

The West Bengal CM demanded that the central government must waive farmer loans across the country.

Sujit Nath |

Updated:June 14, 2017, 10:01 PM IST
Farmer Protests Are a Fallout of Demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee said the Centre should not pass the buck to states and must waive off loans for farmers across the country. (Image: PTI)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday blamed the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation move for the present agrarian crisis in the country.

“They (BJP) made tall promises about loan waivers before the polls but have done nothing since then,” she said in a series of tweets, adding that demonetisation had severely affected farmers.

In her tweet, she wrote, “Farmers are protesting because the central government is not paying any attention in waiving farmer’s loan. The ruling party at Centre must honour the commitment it had made.”

“They must waive farmer loans throughout the country. When the farmers are agitating, they cannot be silent. This farmer distress is the effect of demonetisation. An assurance was given by the ruling party and now they must fulfil their commitment without trying to pass the buck to the states,” her tweet reads.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on Monday said that states would have to generate funds from their own resources for loan waivers and should expect no help from the Centre.

On June 7, Mamata expressed condolences to family members of six farmers who were killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh.

“Incident in MP unfortunate. Sad six farmers lost their lives. My deepest sympathies to the bereaved families. We always stand by our farmers,” Mamata tweeted.

Her government on April 3 had waived agricultural tax in the state to provide relief to farmers. She said, “This issue should be addressed without any delay for the betterment of farmers.”

She said her government is ready to bear a revenue loss of about Rs 200 crore to help farmers in distress. “The farming community in the country is under great distress. There are reports of farmers committing suicide in several states," she said, reiterating her demand to the Centre for farm loan waiver so that farmers could "overcome" the crisis.
| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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