Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to waive off farm loan was a “partial relief”, but a step in the “right direction”, and asked the Centre to evolve a national response to the widespread distress.
Gandhi said the Centre should not discriminate amongst states and no politics should be played with farmers suffering across the country.
Gandhi’s response came a day after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP announced a loan waiver of Rs 36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers in the state.
The Congress has been pressing for a loan waiver across the country on the lines of that done during the UPA rule.
Delivering on the BJP’s poll promise to small and marginal farmers, the Yogi Adityanath government on Tuesday decided to waive their crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh, totalling a staggering Rs 36,359 crore.
The move will benefit over 2.15 crore farmers, besides 7 lakh others who had secured loans, which had turned into non-performing assets (NPAs).