Micro loan waiver in Assam turns into political slugfest as opposition demands white paper
Congress has demanded Government must immediately release a white paper on the total number of women debtors, how many women will be able to avail the loan waive as per the different categories and guidelines subscribed by the Government.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said that chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that his speech in election rallies on micro-finance loan waiver for all women was a ‘political statement’ and not a ‘government statement ‘ is highly condemnable. APCC takes strong exception to such remarks made by Chief Minister of a state. The CM cannot make light of his electoral promise by saying it was a ‘political statement ‘. It is a serious matter of breach of trust.
Congress added, Sarma had not only made the loan waiver an attractive electoral promise but even after taking charge as Chief Minister had also announced in the Assembly that he will see to it that all loans are waived, that their promises to the ‘innocent women’ will be followed word by word. Hence how did the promise now become a ‘political statement ‘?
Sarma on Friday said that after talks with MFIs and banks the size of micro loan outstanding is pruned to Rs 8250 Crore from Rs 12,500 Crore. “We have been able to do this as those loans which are not in accordance with RBI norms will be wiped out by the lender.”