Terming farm loan waiver a
"short-term solution" , Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin
Patel Wednesday hinted that the BJP government in the state
did not have any immediate plans to write off farmers' debts.
He made the remarks in the wake of the newly-formed
Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
announcing farm loan waivers, fulfilling a promise made by the
party ahead of the Assembly polls.
Asked whether farmers in Gujarat could expect a
similar relief here, Patel said the government had different
plans, which were more effective than farm loan waivers.
"Farm loan waiver is a short-term solution. Our aim is
to offer a permanent solution to them. We want to make farmers
prosperous. That is why our government spends crores of rupees
on implementing various pro-farmer schemes through various
departments," Patel told reporters in Gandhinagar.
He listed various steps taken by the state government,
such as providing electricity to farmers for 10 hours and
implementing drip irrigation.
"We are taking such steps for the overall growth of
farmers. Our government's method is different (from other
states). Some states may have a different approach. Our
ultimate goal is to provide a permanent solution and make
farmers happy," Patel added.
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