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Jyotiraditya Scindia Urges PM Narendra Modi to Waive Off Farm Loans in MP

Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shedding light on the agrarian crisis in Madhya Pradesh, and urging him to waive loan taken by distressed farmers.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:July 3, 2017, 11:00 PM IST
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Jyotiraditya Scindia Urges PM Narendra Modi to Waive Off Farm Loans in MP
The protests that began in Mandsaur had spread to other districts in Madhya Pradesh as well. (CNN-News18/ Manoj khandekar)
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Bhopal: Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shedding light on the agrarian crisis in Madhya Pradesh, and urging him to waive loan taken by distressed farmers.

Scindia also complained that it was because state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's apathy towards farmers that six of them were killed in Mandsaur, and many were committing suicide. "

"Neither did the Chief Minister do anything to resolve farmers' issues, nor did he ensure that those behind farmers' death were brought to justice," Scindia wrote.

Scindia claimed that 42 farmers had committed suicide from June 6 to June 29 in Madhya Pradesh.

The Guna MLA, who visited several villages recently, claimed that the ground reality was alarming, with cultivation cost increasing sharply, but the production cost remaining either the same or declining.

It was due to this that farmers find it difficult to repay loans they procure from societies, financial groups and creditors, compelling them to take the suicide route, Scindia wrote.

Referring to the data from National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), he mentioned that 6594 farmers ended lives between 2010 and 2015 and out of these, 80% of peasants took the extreme step under pressure from debts.

The state government is not accepting the truth even as farmers are dying every day, he said.

The Scindia family scion, who had held three-day Satyagraha in Bhopal recently to highlight farmers’ plight, urged PM Modi waive off farm loans in MP on the lines of UP, Punjab and Maharashtra.

He also pitched for a hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) and doing away with anomalies in mandis so that farmers could sell their produce without problems.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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