Punjab: Farmers demand loan waiver; block Amritsar- Delhi railway route

ANI | Updated: Sep 29, 2017 19:54 IST

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], September 29 (ANI): Farmers in Punjab on Friday as mark of protest blocked Amritsar- Delhi railway route at Manawala near Amritsar demanding their loans to be waived off.

Earlier on June 21, farmers in Ludhiana staged a protest on National Highway (NH-1) demanding a loan waiver.

On June 19, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had announced a total waiver of entire crop loans up to Rs. 2 lakh for small and marginal farmers up to five acres, and a flat Rs. 2 lakh relief for all other marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount.

Making the announcements during his speech in the Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said the move would benefit a total of 10.25 lakh farmers, including 8.75 lakh farmers up to 5 acres. (ANI)