About 12 lakh farmers have received waiver certificates so far as part of the Rs. 36,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme announced by the Yogi Adityanath government in UP earlier this year.
Certificates were handed out at glittering government functions. But like Shambhu Nath, many say they got rude shocks after discovering that their certificates were worth just a few rupees, in some cases as low as Rs. 2 or 3.
For a farm loan waiver of exactly Rs. 12, Shambhu Nath, a marginal farmer and daily wager says he lost Rs. 218 – a princely sum for him and his extremely poor family of 13 in Uttar Pradesh.
“You know I want to go to the bank manager and shout at him and ask him why he gave my name for this farm loan waiver,” says the angry 56-year-old, sitting outside his mud and thatch hut in Barabanki’s Jata .
A farmer in Hamirpur’s Maudaha tehsil, Shanti, was shocked to receive a loan waiver certificate of ₹10.37 even though she had a debt of more than ₹50,000.
“I was shocked to see the certificate of waiver of Rs 10.37 given to me in Hamirpur. I fall in the category of small and marginal farmer… I was expecting that the government would clear Rs 1 lakh against my outstanding of Rs 1.55 lakh on Kisan credit card,” said Munni Lal.
According to the state government’s official statement, the amount waived in some cases are extremely low as unpaid amount of interest dues have been waived under the scheme for farmers who have repaid most of their crop loans. However the ground reality speaks opposite to what officials have claimed.
The government was forced to issue a clarification after criticism that some farmers received loan waiver certificates of inconsequential amounts under the loan waiver scheme.
SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that by “waiving off just Rs 3 of farmers with loans of Rs 1 lakh the BJP government had cheated farmers.”
Sources : NDTV news