Modi: Waiver is a ‘cruel joke’ on farmers


‘Will they [coalition govt.] also take credit for farmers’ suicides in Karnataka?’

Taking a dig at the coalition government in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the farm loan waiver scheme in Karnataka would go down in history as the most cruel joke on farmers.

The Prime Minister, on Friday, interacted with booth-level workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Belagavi, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad and Haveri, via video conferencing as part of the party’s ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ programme.

Responding to a query from booth-level office-bearer Srinivas Bisankop from Belagavi, the Prime Minister said that after six months of the announcement of the scheme, news reports had suggested that only a handful of farmers had benefited from the waiver.

Chiding the coalition party leaders of the Congress and JD(S), without taking names, the Prime Minister said: “These people go around the country claiming credit for what they have done for the farmers. Will they also take credit for the farmers committing suicide in Karnataka? I am informed that sugarcane farmers are also suffering because of neglect of the State government.”

Bonded labour

Referring to the recent rescue of bonded labour in Hassan district, Mr. Modi said what happened in Hassan is not only inhuman but also shows the lack of commitment of the coalition government towards the poor and marginalised. Did you hear any words of empathy from anyone in power about the brutal treatment meted out to Dalits? Those in power think just because they have formed a government by hook or by crook, they can get away with anything. But the people of Karnataka and India are watching them and their actions. People will soon teach them a lesson for their misgovernance, he said. He went on to say that those in power in Karnataka were more interested in Cabinet berths than the welfare of the people. “People of Karnataka want corruption-free development. But, those in power in Karnataka want development-free corruption,” he said.

Responding to a query by Shivaputra Gou on MSME sector, the Prime Minister elaborated how lakhs of entrepreneurs had benefited from the Mudra Yojana and these entrepreneurs would become growth engines that would fuel the economy.

Answering Shankargouda Biradar in Davanagere, the Prime Minister said because of the initiatives taken for boosting tourism, the country had seen 45% increase in number of foreign tourists and foreign exchange earning increasing by almost 50 %. He said when the country’s reputation increased automatically tourism increased which in turn would boost the economy. On Radha Desai’s query in Dharwad, the Prime Minister explained booth level workers should take the help of volunteers from different professions in further building the party and disseminating information on the good work done by the party in the last four and a half year.

On the question of Jagannathsa Vitthalsa Bhandge from Haveri on what the Centre had done for the youth, the Prime Minister explained the four-E approach of the union government “Education employment, entrepreneurship and excellence” and said how new institutions had been opened up and how skill development training was given and first generation entrepreneurs were being created because of Mudra Yojna.

Before concluding, he said that if party workers took the message of the work done so far to the people, then the battle would be half won.

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