Bhopal: Former chief minister Babulal Gaur has demanded that the loans of farmers should be waived. Talking to Free Press, Gaur said that small farmers are groaning under the weight of loans which they cannot pay. He said that the farmers were not even able to recover the input costs and that has angered them. Such farmers deserve loan waiver. Gaur said that even if the loans of big farmers are not waived, at least small and marginal farmers with low incomes should be freed from their debts.
Gaur said that during the regime of Sunderlal Patwa of the BJP, the government had waived farm loans up to Rs 10,000. He said that the government should constitute a commission to determine the upper limit for loan waiver. The farmers all over the country are in a state of ferment, he added. From the north to the south, the farmers are angry and resentful. He said that neither the Congress is behind the protests nor anti-social elements have infiltrated into the ranks of the farmers.
The former chief minister said that prices of diesel, fertilisers and power have gone up but the prices of agricultural produce have not increased in that proportion. And that has forced the farmers to take to the streets.
Expressing his disagreement with Gaur’s statement, state BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan insisted that the Congress was behind inciting violence in farmers agitation. He said that he would enquire from Gaur about his statement.