Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said that loan waiver is not a solution for the agrarian distress during the Covid-19 lockdown, rather, subsidies and support by the government to the farmers is a greater assistance.
Union Minister and BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar was speaking at the E-Agenda Aaj Tak and mentioned about Centre’s efforts in keeping the farming sector functioning normally.
Tomar said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, agriculture and the rural sector has been functioning normally even under the lockdown curbs.
He said that the permission was given for harvesting even during the lockdown, it was done on time, and most importantly, government made sure that it was sold at the right price in the markets.
On being asked about whether the government should think about loan waiver, Narendra Singh Tomar said that it is “not a solution” for the agrarian distress caused by the lockdown.
Tomar said that loan waiver is not a solution to the crisis, however, the government is making all efforts in ensuring that farmers are in such a position that they are able to produce on time in the coming season and their crop is sold at the right price.
He said that the Centre is making sure the agriculture sector does not face any inconvenience even while the lockdown curbs are on.
“They could not pay back loans during the lockdown period which is why the government has extended the time to May 31,” Tomar added.
Commenting on the tragic Aurangabad incident in which 16 migrant workers were run over by a goods train on Friday, Tomar said, “I am deeply saddened by the incident.”
He also appealed to all the migrant workers to not walk on foot to their native towns as the Centre and state governments are making proper arrangements to ferry them back home.
“I appeal to all migrants across the country to have patience as states are making arrangements to ferry them. I appeal to them to not venture out on foot, the government is making all necessary arrangements for them,” he added.