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PTI Ahmedabad
Updated: 19-12-2018 21:04 IST

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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