Highlighting the problems of farmers during the zero hour in Lok Sabha, Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “The farmers in the country are suffering. I would like to draw the govt’s attention towards it. No concrete steps were taken in the Union Budget to provide relief to the farmers.”
“Yesterday, a farmer in Wayanad committed suicide due to debt. In Wayanad, bank notices for non-payment of loans have been given to 8000 farmers. Under a relevant act their properties are attached against their bank loans, this has resulted in the rise of farmer’s suicide,” he added.
Countering Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that people who ran the government for decades were responsible for the situation of farmers. Most suicides by farmers took place before the BJP led government came to power.
He also said about the increased level of income of farmers by 20-25 per cent due to some effective efforts of Modi government.