Captain turned the farmers who supported him into beggars: Sampla
Chandigarh, January 2, 2018: Come January 7 and it will be the darkest day in the history of Punjab when Capt Amarinder Singh’s government, going back on its word, will start the debt relief scheme. These were the words of Union Minister and Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party president Vijay Sampla who stated that Captain Amarinder Singh has betrayed the farmers by not keeping his original pre-poll promise of a full crop loan waiver. “Instead, he is launching a debt relief scheme and that too only for co-operative banks/ societies and small farmers”, he said.
Stressing that the farmers of the state brought Capt. Amarinder Singh to power, Sampla said, “The manner in which the farmers are running from pillar to post to get their names listed in proposed loan waiver list, it clearly depicts how these farmers have been turned into beggars by Capt. Amarinder Singh”.
He further said, “Capt. Amarinder Singh had promised a full crop loan waiver for the farmers holding a Gutka Sahib in his hands and the farmers had reciprocated by making him victorious. But the way he has been dilly-dallying over the issue for the past 10 months, it is a betrayal of farmers. He talked of a full loan waiver during his first cabinet meeting on March 18, 2017. Then on June 19 he announced a loan wavier upto Rs. 2 lakhs in the Assembly. Then he stated that first the loans of only co-operative societies would be waived off instead of Govt or private banks. After this he said that only the small farmers in these co-operative societies will get a relief. Now the lists which have been put up in villages show only the names of big and wealthy farmers instead of the smaller ones. Consequently, the farmers have been forced to ‘gherao’ the SDM offices. They have been turned into beggars.”
“355 farmers have committed suicide during the 10-month-rule of Capt. Amarinder Singh government. If He doesn’t fulfill his promise of a full loan waiver, Punjab will become a graveyard of farmers”, said Sampla.