In a region mired in conflict, it takes all the more courage, and perseverance to be the voice of the voiceless and to separate facts from propaganda. Help The Kashmir Monitor sustain so that we continue to be editorially independent. Remember, your contributions, however small they may be, matter to us.

In Jammu, PM attacks Cong over farm loan waivers; promises to preserve rights of KPs

Jammu, Feb 3: Attacking the Congress over its promise of farm loan waiver, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the party uses the measure only to win elections.

The Congress had promised to waive farmers’ loans worth Rs 6 lakh crore in 2008-09, but it gave a loan relief of Rs 52,000 crore only after coming to power, he claimed.


“The CAG report found that about 25-30 lakh people who got loan waiver were not even eligible for it,” Modi said at a rally in Vijaypur here.
Ridiculing the loan waivers given by the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, the Prime Minister said some beneficiaries have been given cheques of Rs 13 only.

He said under his direct benefit transfer PM-KISAN scheme, Rs 75,000 crore will be allocated annually. It means Rs 7.50 lakh crore will be deposited in farmers’ accounts in the next 10 years.

The scheme aims to cover 90 per cent of the farmers who have less than five acres of land. Rs 6,000 will be transferred to their accounts annually in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 each, he said.

“People know the track record of the country’s ‘naamdar’. They get ‘fever’ of loan waivers just before elections… They try to act as ‘messiah’ of farmers by announcing farm loan waivers once in 10 years,” he said referring to the UPA rule.

Ironically, the BJP had also announced loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly elections in 2017.

After assuming power, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced loan waivers of up to Rs 1 lakh relating to small and marginal farmers.

Referring to Kashmiri Pandits, the Prime Minister said the Central Government is committed to respect and give dignity to the displaced community.
“The pain that they had to undergo, they had to leave their homeland. I have never said this but their pain is within me too,” he said.Jammu, Feb 3:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will not forget the sacrifices that Kashmir Pandits made when they left their homes in wake of violence.

Modi was speaking to a huge jubilant gathering in Vijapur where he earlier laid foundation stones for six major projects that require an investment of Rs 6000 crore.

“Centre is committed to preserving the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, the Kashmiri displaced brothers and sisters, and is devoted to their dignity and pride,” Prime Minister said. He said it is a very important issue. “I am personally in pain for them. That pain was in me, always.”


‘Committed to citizenship bill’

Jammu, Feb 3: Making a strong pitch for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government would stand with the children of “Maa Bharti” who have faced persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Addressing a rally in Vijaypur in Jammu region, Modi said “there are many children of Maa Bharti who have faced persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh…We will stand with those who were part of India at one time, but got separated from us” due to the Partition in 1947.
Targeting the Congress for its opposition to the piece of legislation, he said that party, when it was in power, did not pay “attention of the pain of our brothers and sisters”.
“But we have brought the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with a commitment… If they are discriminated on the basis of faith, the country will stand up with them,” the prime minister said.