Will waive off UP farmers` loans: Mulayam

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav Thursday said if his party was voted to power, agricultural loans of upto Rs 50,000 would be waived off.

Updated: Feb 02, 2012, 19:02 PM IST

Mahrajganj: Accusing Chief Minister Mayawati
of ignoring interests of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Mulayam Singh Yadav Thursday said if his
party was voted to power, agricultural loans of upto Rs 50,000 would be waived off.

Addressing an election rally here, Yadav said that BSP
had ignored the interests of farmers in the state who constituted about 72 per cent of the population.
"If Samajwadi Party is voted back to power we will
immediately waive off farmers` loan upto Rs 50,000," he said
adding small traders would also benefit under the scheme.

The former chief minister reiterated the promise of
unemployment allowance and financial assistance to girls who,
after passing class Xll, opt for higher education and exhorted
his supporters to "come out in large numbers on the polling
day and help the SP to form its government with an
absolute majority".
"As soon as the SP comes to power, we will declare a
number of backward castes like Bind, Nishad, Kahar and Kolas
as Scheduled Castes so that they can enjoy the facilities
reserved for the category and get a better chance to improve
their lot," the SP supremo said to a round of loud applause.

"Though lakhs of Muslim craftsmen are employed in
building our houses, they themselves are forced to live in
inhuman conditions," Yadav said adding that for those in the
state who cannot afford medical expenses on heart, kidney or
liver ailments which is sometimes as high as Rs 2 to 3 lakh,
"we have decided to provide free medical facilities".

PTI