DMK MP S.S. Palanimanickam says farm loan waivers not ideal solution
DMK MP S.S. Palanimanickam said 'Sanctioning loan waivers to our farmers is not the way forward to deal with the crisis that the country is facing in this area today,' in LS at the time debate on demands for grants under the control of the Ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare 2019-20.
He said the agriculture sector has increased to 4% yearly to ensure a robust economy. “In India, this sector has failed to become self-sufficient which is a cause of worry.” He added “The BJP said they would be doubling the income of farmers but they are only repeating the slogan because there is a big gap between their saying and action,” he said.
“I am sure that in the next election also, you will be repeating the slogan. We were expecting loan waiver but that did not happen. You are just giving peanuts to farmers,” he said. The scheme of PM Kisan Yojana government gives 6000 Rupees per year to farmers. He said the government must give special importance to sectors like dairy, poultry, and fishery. Hassan Masood, Anantnag (J&K) stated the grants in the Budget for the welfare of farmers was the second most disappointing feature, the first being the price of petrol and diesel.
“This will have a devastating impact on the farmers. Though the manifesto of the ruling party promised that many benefits will be given to farmers, very little has been done for them. Moreover, very little has been done to protect farmers from money-lenders and banks,” he said. Amol Ramsingh Kolhe, NCP (Shirur, Maharashtra), said the BJP had promised a complete loan waiver in their manifesto and any deviation meant that they were playing with the farmers lives.
“India is spending much less on agricultural research than countries like the U.S. China, Brazil,” said Ritesh Pandey, BSP, urging for more concentrate to improve the farmer's situation. He also expressed the issue of mob lynching saying it had adversely impacted the cattle trade.