SHILLONG, May 15: The Khasi-Jaintia Farmers’ Association (KJFA) which is a registered Farmers’ Association of Meghalaya, has written to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi praying for the waiver of their loans.
This request has come in the wake of a meeting convened on Saturday last to discuss the various problems faced by the farmers and especially the problems of the small and marginal farmers of the state.
In the letter to the Prime Minister, the KJFA has pointed out that farmers have to repay huge loans despite bad harvest as a result of repeated natural calamities during the last few years.
The farmers under the umbrella of KJFA, have unanimously decided to appeal to the Prime Minister to show sympathy to the plight of the farmers of Meghalaya along the lines of what was done in regard to the plight of farmers in other parts of India by ensuring a waiver of their loans at least for three years, for the years 2012-13 and 2014-15 and for 2015-16.
The farmers also pointed out that in the Budget speech of the Finance Minister, the BJP led Central government has promised wave off loans of farmers. “Moreover, state government like UP, Maharastra and other states have announced waiver of loans of farmers. Therefore, we pray to you please wave our loans at least for the above three years,” the farmers said.
A separate petition was also submitted to the Governor of Meghalaya but the farmers were unable to submit the same to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma due to his frequent absence from station.