Farm Loan waiver is nothing but a political tool: PM
PM tweeted some of the excerpts from his interviewAuthor : Sunaina
New Delhi, Jan 1: Expressing his resolve for farmer welfare, Prime Minister Narendre Modi, on Tuesday, said that Farm Loan Waiver is nothing but a political tool and farmer welfare is not at all about politics.
In a series of tweets, posting the excerpts from an interview given by him, the PM said,''we are talking about farm loan waivers and this invariably gets linked with the polls. For me, farmer welfare is not about politics. I want to do everything possible to improve the lives of our farmers."
"There is a small segment of farmers who take loans from banks. A majority of them take loans from money lenders. When governments make such announcements, those farmers do not become beneficiaries of waivers. The farmers who are dying are out of the purview of such schemes.'' said the Prime Minister.
'' Why does a farmer become debt-ridden? I want a situation where a farmer never has to be debt-ridden in the first place.
We should also be thinking about structural issues- how can we empower the farmers, ensure more water, greater credit, better markets,'' the PM added.
He said that his government's decision to enhance the MSP for farmers was to ensure that they do not have to rely on debts.
''It was our Government that took the historic decision on better MSP for farmers. Why did we do this- so that the farmer does not have to rely on debts and the farmer becomes more prosperous,''the PM said.