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(Source: The Times of India)

Farmers get arrest warrants as Karnataka delays loan waiver

Having promised to waive farm loans, the HD Kumaraswamy government is in a fix as several banks are securing arrest warrants against defaulting farmers following a delay in disbursal of funds to loan accounts.

As angry farmers threaten to gherao Vidhana Soudha, the CM said those eligible for the waiver need not worry while the finance department sought to clarify that the waiver was only for crop loans and not other kinds of farm loans.

A seething Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene said they would lay siege to Soudha on Nov 19. Other farmer organisations, including Karnataka Sugarcane Growers’ Association, are likely to join the protest.

“It is six months since the government announced the waiver, but there is no sign of it being implemented. The delay has taken a toll on the farmers who are getting notices and arrest warrants,” said Chamarasa Patil, KRRS honorary president .



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