Amarinder Promises One Time Settlement of Farmers' Loans

Amarinder Promises One Time Settlement of Farmers' Loans
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Amarinder Promises One Time Settlement of Farmers' Loans

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh today promised one time settlement of farmers' loans if the Congress forms the government in the state.

He said Congress government will bring in a law to ensure the properties of debt-ridden farmers were not auctioned.

Amarinder also took a dig at Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for trying to "blame others for their own failures".

"Like Kejriwal tries to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all his failures, Sukhbir is trying to blame the ISI for the complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab", he said, while interacting with reporters during the sidelines of 'Halqe vich Captain' here.

Replying to a question on the party's manifesto, he said it will be "elaborate and comprehensive" concerning all the issues related to Punjab.

"The manifesto cannot be prepared in bits and pieces as it has to be integrated and interlinked for proper implementation," he said.

In a reply to another question about the AAP bringing in multiple manifestos, he said "They either do not have any idea what the manifesto means or are trying to befool people".

Amarinder claimed during his regime the government had waived-off loans of all farmers which they had taken from cooperative banks.

He said his government was also in the process of working out a settlement with nationalised banks.

"Since Congress lost in 2007, it could not be settled," he


The PCC president promised his government will ensure one time settlement of all farmers' loans "this time".

He strongly disagreed with the state government claims that only one per cent people were affected by drugs in the state.

He said the figures taken after screening of candidates for police recruitment "cannot be representative".

"Just because Sukhbir Badal is not accepting the reality; does not mean the problem does not exist," he remarked. 

Amarinder alleged while suspended DSP Jagdish Bhola had been acquitted in a case of "heroin smuggling", the investigation in the main case of "synthetic drugs" against him was deliberately being delayed by the Enforcement Directorate to "protect some people".

"The Directorate was trying to protect some Akali leaders whose names had figured during the investigation," he said.

To a question about the Deputy Chief Minister alleging that the AAP was being funded by "anti-India forces", the PCC president said this was a "serious charge" and in case he (Sukhbir) has some proof and evidence he must share it with the people of Punjab.

Amarinder strongly condemned the incident of sacrilege in the United States.

"The union government must register strong protest with the US government over the issue," he said.

He also blamed the SGPC for its "failure" to create awareness about the Sikhism and Sikh identity in the US.

"It was the responsibility of Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC to create awareness that Sikhs are the most peaceful people in the world and their identity must not be mistaken for anyone else," he said.

He said the upcoming assembly elections was a "crucial battle" and "everybody needs to work hard".

"While the Congress party was far ahead of others, there was no scope for complacency," he added.


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