Loan Waiver for farmers of Uttar Pradesh was one of the biggest promises made during the state elections campaign early this year. ‘Krishi Rin Mochan Yojna’ (farm loan waiver scheme) launched by The Yogi Adityanath Government last month had announced a maximum of Rs 1 lakh per farmer as waiver.
The scheme was planned to benefit 87 lakh farmers in the state which would cost the exchequer whopping Rs. 36,000 croreHowever, to the shock for farmers, the loan waiver certificates have come as a rude shock who had been anticipating a waiver on loans up to Rs. 1 lakh. and questioned the parameters the government had set.I. Shanti Devi of Umri village has received a loan waiver of a paltry sum of Rs. 10.37 against a loan of Rs. 1.55 lakhII.
Munni Lal of Maudaha village was handed over a loan waiver certificate of Rs. 215 against his loan of Rs. 40,000
A bigger mockery experienced by the farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur, was when they were allegedly given loan waiver certificates of Rs. 10 and Rs. 215 at a function held with much fanfare, presided by state’s labour and employment exchanges minister Mannu Kori.
There were several other farmers who were utterly disappointed such as, Shivpal, who had taken a loan of Rs. 93,000 from a bank, expressed his displeasure with the government who had waived off merely Rs. 20,271, much below his expectations.Since the number of complainants became more vocal, Minister Mannu Kori, who had given away the certificates, termed it as a printing mistake. He quoted, “The loan waivers have been given as per rules.
If there are discrepancies, we will get it inquired into and act against those responsible.”A Loan waiver of this triviality for the UP farmers received huge flak on Twitter through the day. We shall follow the story if there is any further clarification as committed by Minister Kori.