Step in right direction, still lot needed: Rahul on farm loan waiver in UP

RSTV Bureau
FILE: New Delhi: Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters,  New Delhi. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters, New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Reacting on the Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s decision of loan waiver for the farmers, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday termed the move as “partial relief”, though he acknowledged that it was a step in the “right direction”.

Gandhi also asked the central government to evolve a national response to the widespread distress.

Asking the Centre that it should not discriminate amongst states, he said no politics should be played with farmers suffering across the country.

“A partial relief for UP farmers, but a step in the right direction. Congress has always supported loan waivers for farmers in distress,” he said on Twitter.

FILE: Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at state secretariat. Photo - PTI

FILE: Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at state secretariat.
Photo – PTI

Gandhi’s response came a day after the Yogi Adityanath led BJP government in UP announced a loan waiver of Rs 36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers in the state.

“I’m happy BJP has finally been forced to see reason. But let’s not play politics with our farmers who are suffering across the country, he added further.

“The Central Government must have a national response to the widespread distress and not discriminate amongst states,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

The Congress party has been pressing for a loan waiver across the country on the lines of that done during UPA rule. In fact, it was one of the prime issues raised by the party in the run-up to the assembly polls.

Delivering on BJP’s poll promise to small and marginal farmers, the Yogi Adityanath government had on Tuesday decided to waive their crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh, totalling a staggering Rs 36,359 crore.

The move will benefit over 2.15 crore farmers, besides 7 lakh others who had secured loans which turned into non- performing assets (NPAs).

(With inputs from PTI)