Jakhar dares SAD to come clean on stand over waiving of farmers' debt
Chandigarh, Jan 12 (UNI) Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar on Friday dared the Shiromani Akali Dal to come clean on their stand over waiving of farmers’ debts.
Referring to SAD delegation meeting with Governor on farmers’ debts waiver scheme, Mr Jakhar questioned what prevented Akalis from waiving off the debts during ten-year regime in the state? ''If at all they were sincere to debt-ridden farmers, let them approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA government, of which SAD is also a constituent, to get all kind of debts written off. For the past three years, the SAD leaders failed to take up the issue with Centre despite suicides committed by hundreds of farmers in Punjab which is known as grain-bowl for the nation," he said.
Recalling that the Parkash Singh Badal-led government had passed the 'Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtness Bill, 2016' in March 2016, the PPCC chief said the so-called “saviors of farmers” later preferred to dump the same in cold store. Their government failed in constituting district and state level agricultural debt settlement forums.