Protect drought compensation to farmers from loan adjustments by banks: R Ashoka

Bengaluru, May 17 (IANS): Senior BJP leader R. Ashoka on Friday accused the Congress government of letting the banks take away the drought compensation amount meant to save their families in these difficult times.

Speaking to reporters here, the Leader of Opposition, Ashoka slammed the Congress government, calling it anti-farmer and accused it of lacking empathy. He criticized the government for letting the banks take away the MGNREGA payments and farmers' pensions as adjustments against their loans.

He demanded that CM Siddaramaiah should direct the district commissioners to instruct banks not to use the deposited money to recover loans. "If the banks do not comply, CM Siddaramaiah should announce a waiver of farmers’ loans," he said.

The Central government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has released Rs 3,454 crore for drought relief. However, Ashoka alleged that the Congress government, led by CM Siddaramaiah, has not released its share. He accused the state government of failing to ensure the Central relief package reached the farmers.

Ashoka claimed that the state government had turned a blind eye while banks were using the relief amount to recover loans. He added that now, banks are also taking the pension and MGNREGA payments, leaving farmers without money as they suffer the consequences of the worst drought.

Ashoka pointed out that the previous BJP government had released a double relief package to farmers, with both Central and state contributions. He criticized the current government, claiming that the treasury was empty and that CM Siddaramaiah was preoccupied with counting the remaining funds.

Ashoka urged the state government to announce a compensation of Rs 5,000 per acre. He also warned that without this support, the state will face higher inflation this year.






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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, May 17 2024

    Whatever funds are there i reserves do not belong to you or Modi or to your party. How Modi allowed to writoff 19 Lac crores Rupees owed y Adani group ? Did PM used bank loan to settle the bad debts. Your emoluments too are not partys earninga.Talk something sense and not Segani (Cow dung... shit)

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, May 17 2024

    What is the compensation from BJP ?

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  • Mithun Barboza, Mumbai

    Fri, May 17 2024

    Who made him the opposition leader. Does not not any base of politics.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Fri, May 17 2024

    Are you telling the govt to do money laundering from the amount due to states from centre for drought relief????. Why haven’t you waived farmers loan when you were ruling??????…… Farmers daughter relief fund is yet to be dispatched by the centre to affected non BJP states. Don’t do money laundering here to cover up centre’s commitment to pay the compensation for drought.?!?!?!?!?….

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, May 17 2024

    The lending banker has the right to take any amount in customer's accounts to clear the dues in the same customer's loan account with the bank ... it does not matter whether it is govt compensation, charity or subsidy ... if there is balance in any account of the customer and there is unpaid amount in customer's loan account with the same bank, bank has the right to do loan adjustments ...

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Fri, May 17 2024

    R Ashoka, get a brain and get a life!!!

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, May 17 2024

    Sir , please tell the voters that what your government has done development work and progress. Enough.

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  • Pritvi, Udupi

    Fri, May 17 2024

    Government is busy in CD's/Pendrives. Pls dont disturb them. Not seen any developments/projects taken place anywhere in Karnataka from last one year. Are in adjusting process to handover guarantees as promised.

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    Fri, May 17 2024

    R. Asoka, Farmers staged a year-long protest, and your BJPee imposed taxes on them. Have you forgotten? 😊🌾🚜

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