Days after newly appointed Chief Minister Kamal Nath signed an order to waive-off the loans in Madhya Pradesh, two farmers have reportedly committed suicide when they came to know that they are ineligible for the loan waiver.
While one of the farmers hanged himself because of the debt, another farmer in Shajapur consumed poison on December 20 as he was ineligible for loan waiver scheme and died on Saturday, December 24 in a private hospital.
Juan Singh, a farmer from Pandhana in Khandwa, allegedly committed suicide after he came to know that he wasn’t eligible for the loan waiver announced by Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
The 45-year-old was found hanging from a tree at his farm on Saturday morning. His brother Gulab Singh said he had taken a loan of Rs. 3,22,000 from a nationalised bank and another Rs.50,000 from cooperative society.
The Congress-led government, under the loan waiver scheme stated that only those farmers will be eleigible for farm loan waives who had taken upto Rs 2 lakh before March 31, 2018.
Another farmer, Prem Narayan Raghuvanshi, a 65-year-old farmer had taken two loans, Rs. 3 lakh loan from a private bank and Rs. 2 lakh loan from a cooperative society. The only earning member of the family, he owned 10 acres of land but the excess rainfall had killed his soya crop last year. Inadequate rain this year ruined his wheat crop.
As per reports, he was getting incessant calls from the bank regarding repayment of loans and when he reminded the bank about loan waiver scheme, the bank reportedly said it is yet to get instructions. Depressed, Raghuvanshi consumed poison and passed away earlier today.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath on December 17 announced loan waivers for the farmers who had taken loans from nationalized and cooperative banks before March 31, 2018.