22 June 2017
The All India Jat Mahasabha (AIJM) today expressed gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for waiving off the entire crop loans, up to Rs. 2 lakh, of all small and marginal farmers (up to 5 acres) and abolishing kurki.
Addressing a press conference here today, Yudveer Singh, AIJM National General Secretary termed the decision as historic and said the beleaguered farming community had heaved a huge sigh of relief with the Chief Minister’s announcement.
This decision of the Chief Minister, who is also AIJM National President, will benefit 10.50 lakh farmers across the state, constituting 80% of the total farming community in the state, he added.
The abolition of Kurki clause is another major decision to help the farmers of the state who, due to the wrong policies pratised during the ten years of the previous SAD-BJP government, had been reeling under the debt burden, with many of them forced to commit suicide, added Harpal Singh Harpura, National Senior-Vice President of the organization.
The decision will positively impact the distressed farmers, he said, adding that the government was duty-bound to bring down the number of farmer suicides to zero.
Punjab is the first state in the country to have waived off Rs. 2 lakh farm loan of small and marginal farmers and the government had also shown its commitment to making farming remunerative again by encouraging farmers to diversify crop production, said Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, MLA and AIJM State president Punjab.
Lauding the Chief Minister for another visionary decision by announcing free education for girl child from nursery to PhD, Rajinder Singh Badheri, State president, added that it will ensure proper development of women in the society as education forms the core around which the whole society revolves and if we educate our girl child we will do a huge favour to the future generation.