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Look beyond loan waiving scheme
States after state is announcing loan waiver for the farmers. Just days after Punjab
government announced waiver of crop loans of up to Rs 2 lakh to small and marginal
farmers, the Karnataka government today became the fourth state to waive off farmer
loans. The state's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted that the government will waive
off loans of up to Rs 50,000 given to farmers until June 20 by co-operative banks.
In April, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to announce farm loan waiver for loan
amount of up to Rs 1 lakh for nearly 87 lakh small and marginal farmers. Following
a series of agitation by the farming community, the Maharashtra government also soon
followed by announcing loan waiver of up to Rs 1 lakh. The loan waving thing is spreading
like wildfire. With couple of state elections lining up which will be followed by
general election in another two year, loan waiver scheme is becoming political tool
to woo voters. The reckless act of waiving off loan without any plan will only encourage
farmers to indulge in same act in future. Definitely farmers need help but not this
kind of short term help. Government should help them to acquire best available technologies
to improve productivity and a proper market channel should be developed for them
so that middlemen can be avoided. Its time government looks beyond loan waiving scheme
and initiate appropriate step to help the famers. Also loan waiving burdens the govt
exchequer because of which they will not be able to concentrate in developmental
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Politicians and accountability
Apropos Taba Ajum's article, "Hollow political promises and lack of accountability"
(Monday musing, June 19, 2017), it is we who send politicians to the House of the
Moreover, every Indian has to pay a substantial amount of tax in our indirect tax
regime. Like the consumers, we should have similar rights and protections if our
political representatives fail us and spend Govt money without considering our urgent
This is with regards to the ‘age as on issue’ being discussed by some candidates
which is creating an unnecessary fuss among the aspirants.
1. Firstly, space was already prefilled (age as on 01.01.20..) with the space provided
for adding the last two digits of the year.
2. Secondly, an institution of repute like APPSC would not be rejecting the forms
on such a minor issue, unless one has filled up the date of birth incorrectly.
3. Lastly, they can easily deduce the overage and underage candidates by merely using
the date of birth- without needing the aspirants to calculate for them. They have
that system in place.
The one who should worry are those aspirants who are getting overage before the stipulated
date given by the commission. Therefore, I would urge to all the serious candidates
to prepare for the exam and avoid unnecessary distraction.
Angry farmers, distressed leaders
If we want to see the worst in someone, then sweeten the person up by frequently
giving him money. It is like pampering a child who could later become an unruly adult
and let down his parents. Well, this is what successive governments have done for
farmers. They have pampered them without teaching them robust farming methods Firstly,
farmers were encouraged to take loans and when they defaulted on payment the loan
and interest was waived. Some political parties have used the “loan waiver” as their
ladder for climbing to power, as the BJP did in Uttar Pradesh. Has it not sent out
the wrong message to other farmers across the country? Will a farmer from UP not
teach his facebook friends from Madhya Pradesh to demand the waiver from their leaders?
With each passing day the farmers from various states have pretty well learned the
tricks of the trade and so they now make the state governments yield to their demands.
In many cases, they have arm-twisted their leaders as has happened recently in Maharashtra.
But have we ever given a serious thought on how many lakh crores have so far been
written off? Frankly speaking, much could have been achieved if that colossal amount
of money were productively utilized instead of offering as unproductive loans? Big
changes could have been brought about in the agricultural sector. Very advanced irrigation
and storage system could have been installed across the country and efficient marketing
methodologies could have been employed to sell the produce profitably. And, this
could have ushered in an impressive trend in agricultural production and marketing
strategies. Then automatically the socio-economic status of the farmers could have
been raised and as a result, the farmers would have become self-sufficient and happy
and the whole country would have been well nourished.
Unfortunately, today every farmer is in distress, every village parched by drought
and insufficiency. And ultimately the governments are now left with no option but
to buy the “peace” from the poor farmers by way of waivers as a short-term settlement.
But for how long? I guess the government will keep beating their chest when the farmers
Flagship programme and conditions
I was going through the content regarding three flagship programmes of Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh in the Arunachal Times dated 20th June.
I am happy that our govt is implementing various programmes for the welfare of its
people. But I was confused by one of the condition mentioned in the salient features
under Deen Dayal Uphadhyaya Swalamban Yojna which read as "10% contribution is mandatory:
preference will be given to those who contribute higher".
If this is true than I am afraid to say that said scheme is not meant for unemployed
youth! How can govt impose such rules in socio-economic development programmes which
aims in uplift of poor and unemployed youth that allows money to decide the faith.
Instead of these the Govt and district administrators can ask for creative DPR or
say the DPR which promises to generate maximum employment in the state.
I believe the administration and govt will consider the condition.
A Responsible Citizen
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