SAD asks Mann to order cooperative banks to stop arrest warrants against farmers

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The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday called on Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann to order co-operative banks to stop issuing arrest warrants against farmers who failed to repay their loans due to deteriorating conditions. financial conditions due to poor harvests associated with a sharp increase in agricultural inputs.

In a statement here, senior SAD official Dr Daljit Singh Cheema expressed his shock that arrest warrants were issued against farmers in Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepur and Fazilka districts for failing to repay loans contracted with the Punjab Agricultural Development Bank. He said most of the defaulters came from the state cotton belt.

Claiming that the CM was best informed about the agricultural crisis facing the state and had always been in favor of using high-handed methods against farmers, Dr. Cheema demanded the immediate withdrawal of the arrest warrants.

He said the AAP government should also provide all possible help to farmers including ensuring that they receive a bounty of Rs 500 per quintal to compensate them for the failure of their wheat harvest.

“The government should also reduce the state VAT on diesel which has seen a sharp rise in the last month, in addition to proposing other programs to reduce farm debt.”

Dr Cheema said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) must honor its word and get farmers out of the cycle of debt instead of using arrest warrants to humiliate and harass them.

He said the tactic is already having a negative effect, with three farmers killing themselves in Bathinda and Mansa districts, fearing increased indebtedness due to low wheat crop yields.

The SAD leader also said he was shocked that the AAP government failed to react in time and advocated for comprehensive aid to farmers in Punjab following their partial crop failure wheat.

Dr. Cheema also called on the Chief Minister to step up and ask the Center to release funds for the Co-operatives and Land Mortgage Banks in Punjab.

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