People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 27, 2004
Relief For Farmers Disappointing: AIKS
Ramachandran Pillai, president, All India Kisan Sabha and K Varadharajan,
general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha have issued the following statement on
debt relief package announced by the UPA government for farmers is disappointing
as it does not provide substantial relief to the indebted peasants.
In addition to the announced schemes, the central government
should take immediate steps to ease the burden of debt by implementing
appropriate loan waiver schemes particularly for the benefits of the poorer
sections among the peasantry and for those whose crops have been continuously
ruined by natural calamities. The
high interest rates on agricultural loans should be reduced.
The funds announced are inadequate and should be enhanced. (INN)