Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of loan waiver for farmers. Accompanied by delegation comprising senior leaders, Gandhi submitted a memorandum regarding the same.
“The PM accepted that the farmers’ situation was bad but didn’t say anything on waiving off loans,” Gandhi told the waiting media. “We highlighted the plight of the farmers and sought removal of import duty on wheat that has hit them hard,” Gandhi added.
The meeting barely lasted for five minutes and the PM assured the Congress leaders of action over the issue.
Rahul said the wheat import duty issue was increasing the problems for the farmers. Scores of farmers are ending their lives across the country and in Punjab, he added.
Last week, the government scrapped the 10 percent import duty on wheat due to a rise in domestic wheat prices and over concerns there is a dip in buffer wheat stocks following two consecutive drought years. Just a few months ago the government had lowered this duty to 10 percent.
Let’s meet often, PM Modi was said to have told Gandhi at the end of the interaction.
The delegation comprised Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge among others.
Proceedings in Parliament ended on a serious note with the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die and the Lok Sabha adjourned till noon.