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Sukhbir Badal asks PM to direct finance ministry to offer relief package to farmers

Sukhbir Badal asks PM to direct finance ministry to offer relief package to farmers

Chandigarh, Oct 31 (UNI) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday requested Prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene and direct the finance ministry to offer a comprehensive relief package to farmers instead of discriminating against them by issuing clarifications that agricultural loans would not be eligible for the interest on interest waiver announced by the union government last year.
In a statement here, the SAD President said the decision not to include the farming community in the ambit of the scheme which seeks to provide ex- gratia payment of the difference between compound interest and simple interest to borrowers for six months proved that policy makers were totally out of sync with grassroot realities.
“It is a sad day for Indian democracy if policy makers have become so out of touch with the agriculture sector that they do not realize that farmers bore the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of tonnes of fruits and vegetables simply rotted in the fields. Farmers who had made investments in poly and net houses suffered huge losses as their produce could not be marketed for months. Everyone associated with agriculture and allied activities like dairy farming lost money. Even paddy growers in Punjab suffered huge losses as they had to pay double for labour”.

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