According to the data of the government, Rs 3200 crore is to be recovered from 71 thousand farmers of the state, for which action was initiated by preparing arrest warrants against 2000 out of 60000 defaulter farmers.
The Bhagwant Mann government, which is facing opposition in the matter of issuing warrants to farmers, has taken a U-turn. Cabinet Minister Harpal Cheema has ordered an immediate stay on the warrants issued to the farmers. He said that no warrant will be issued to any farmer. Cheema said that warrants were issued against the farmers by the previous Congress government. We have ordered to stop all warrants.
According to the data of the government, Rs 3200 crore is to be recovered from 71 thousand farmers of the state, for which action was initiated by preparing arrest warrants against 2000 out of 60000 defaulter farmers. Farmer organizations were enraged by this move of the government, while the opposition parties also targeted the government.
The state government has given exemption to cooperative banks under section 67A related to cooperative institutions for recovery of loans, that they can get the defaulting farmers arrested for recovery of loans. Meanwhile, cooperative banks in many areas of the state have also started cracking down on defaulters.
Farmers organizations had given warnings
Samyukta Samaj Morcha leader Balbir Singh Rajewal opposed the arrest of defaulter farmers and said that the AAP government has given this exemption to the cooperative institutions under section 67-A to recover the loans of cooperative banks. He said that arrests of defaulter farmers have already started at many places in the state. Farmer organizations had suspended Section 67-A in Punjab during the Chief Minister of Surjit Singh Barnala, which has now been implemented again. If the government does not stop the arrest of the farmers, then their organization will not sit silent.