A day after a 45-year old farmer in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar district committed suicide and blamed Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the state for his suicide, lead district manager has said that the farmer was in debt.
Paramjit Singh said: "As per reports from the bank, this farmer had been given a loan of one lakh sixty thousand rupees in 2016. In 2017, he was to give 10 percent of the amount. This included his compensation because of bad crops."The statement by Singh proved that the farmer had taken a loan in 2016 and had to pay back, he was paid compensation as well but that was not enough.
Contradicting claims were put forward by Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Briefing the media on Tuesday, Pilot had said: " I have also seen media reports, it is a very sad incident. Police are investigating but as per information till now, that farmer was not under debt."
A 45-year-old farmer committed suicide at Thakri village in Rajasthan's of Sri Ganganagar district on Sunday leaving a two-page note accusing Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his government of not fulfilling its pre-poll promise of waiving bank loans. Sohan Lal Meghwal had recorded a video and uploaded on Facebook that alerted neighbours to the fact that he was planning to kill himself. However, the farmer had committed the fateful act before they could reach.
He also claimed that all the debts from a cooperative bank are already waived off and the Congress government is negotiating with a commercial bank. He also added that CM Gehlot has announced the waiver of 18 thousand crores. We are trying to strengthen farmers all over the country. It is absolutely unacceptable to us. The government of Rajasthan is committed to fulfill the promises we have given in our manifesto.
Republic Bharat had earlier in its exclusive Operation Karz Maafi exposed the lies peddled by Congress government in the Congress-ruled states. While one stung MLA revealed how he had waylaid farmers by pointing out the impracticality of the 10-day loan-waiver assurance given by Rahul Gandhi ahead of the elections, another MLA openly said that there was no money and that it would have to be raised via taxes or via reducing spending on state schemes. A third MLA, meanwhile, countered the first MLA's contention that nationalised banks were the impediment, even as the sting also revealed that while some farmers were being waylaid, others were having loans far greater than the stipulated Rs 2 lakh waived.