Loan waiver has become fashion now, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Urban Development Minister, on June 22 said that loan waiver has become a fashion now and should be waived in extreme situations only.

At India’s largest municipal programme in Mumbai, he commented, “Loan waiver has become fashion now. It should be waived but in extreme situations only. It’s not a final solution. You have to take care of systems. The farmers should be taken care in distress.”

Protesting farmers said that their land is being acquired by the Ministry of Defence as the farmers protest in Maharashtra turned violent on Thane-Badlapur highway.

Additional forces and riot control vehicles have been sent to the spot.

Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district became the epicentre of farmers’ agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

Drawing criticism from political parties, six farmers were gunned down by the police during the agitation.

The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144, and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.

A number of political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and social activists tried to visit Mandsaur but the police didn’t let them enter the area.

Prioir to Madhya Pradhesh’s Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to the families of the deceased farmers, Section 144 was revoked.

Naidu also stated that one more round of smart cities will be announced in Delhi on June 23.

Naidu tweeted, “I compliment Pune Municipal Corporation for reviving the mechanism of municipal bonds. Proceeds will be used for a 24×7 water supply project.”

The Pune Municipal Corporation raised Rs. 200 crore by selling a ten year bond, becoming the first civic body to beat money from this route in 14 years, on June 19.