Jogi hails debt-waiver to farmers in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) Congress member Ajit Jogi today hailed in the Lok Sabha the Rs 60,000 crore debt waiver to farmers in the Budget 2008-09, describing it as ''revolutionary and historic''.

Initiating the discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President's address to Parliament on February 25, he appreciated party chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and MP Rahul Gandhi, explaining their role in the implementation of various flagship programmes of the UPA government.

When he kept on elaborating on the achievements of the UPA government, BJP members repeatedly objected asking him to confine himself to the President's address. Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R Dasmunshi urged the members of the Opposition to allow Mr Jogi to continue.

BJP members were on their feet when Mr Jogi mentioned the Sachar Committee report calling it an ''eye opener'' on the status of minorities in the country. Replying to the charge of appeasement of Muslims, the Congress MP quipped ''condition of minorities is even worse than SCs/STs''. He lauded allocation of Rs 8,000 crore in the Prime Minister's 15-point programme for the uplift of minorities.

Admitting that the debt waiver alone will not help overcome the agrarian crisis, Mr Jogi said it would, however, give a chance to farmers to stand on their feet. At the same time, he called for an all round political consensus in the country to tide over the problem of the farmers.

He called for a deeper analysis as to why farmers were committing sucides even in better-off states like Punjab, Haryana and Maharasthra.

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