Ending Renunciation: The Tribune India

About ‘Farm loan dispense’, the study conducted by the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank, assisted by the Bharat Krishak Samaj, on the impact of exemption scheme in Punjab, UP and Maharashtra reveals the reasons for default and poor execution of the programs mainly benefiting undeserving and voluntary defaulters. The diversion of funds intended for social security, development activities and capital creation interrupts the rhythm of economic development. The heavy borrowing in Punjab is due to the overshooting of the limit set by the NABARD-led technical working group by the banks to meet the lending targets. The delay in granting credit by institutions leads farmers to borrow from other sources at very high interest rates. Waiver is not the solution, rather institutions should cover all eligible farmers with a rational and low interest rate, with proper monitoring of the use of disbursed funds and timely repayment.

GS Mann, Naya Nangal

Agricultural loans

Refer to ‘Agricultural Loan Forgiveness’; it is unfortunate that by making promises, political parties ignore the devastating effects on the system, especially on the coffers of the state. Loan forgiveness is a parasite that can never be killed. Farmers are getting benefits such as free electricity, seeds and pesticides at cheaper rates, MSP, liberal loans and now a new request for government financial support for low yield. There are also other areas that need government attention. Funds are also needed to strengthen the education and health sectors as a priority. A significant portion of allowances is consumed by advertised programs for political mileage. Instead of plans to make farming viable, politicians are taking the easy giveaway approach. There should be no liberal lending by the banks. Strict control is necessary to ensure that the loan is used for the purpose for which it was contracted.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

save the rivers

The “restoration of the rivers” rightly ends with the caution of learning from the past about other overambitious core projects that failed. Without the involvement of civil society, including farmers and NGOs, in addition to official stakeholder agencies, the exercise would largely be on paper. What remains unanswered is the form and structure that could conceivably manage and synergize the realization of such a gargantuan interdisciplinary project, with a view to building resilience to climate change. Like everything else, rivers too can and do die. This may be our last chance.

Vinay Tandon, Kasauli

Fresh water supply

During the summer, there is an increased demand for water. People waste a lot of fresh water during daily chores. Water should be used wisely. It should form a habit not only for the summer but throughout the year. The MC cannot be exonerated from his responsibility. Nearly 40% of fresh water is wasted due to leaks and theft. Water supply lines that were laid decades ago have become rusty and have developed leaks in several places. These iron pipes must be replaced by plastic pipes which are strong and easy to handle, without maintenance.

Sateesh Dadwal, Chandigarh

contaminated water

Untreated industrial waste, sewage and sludge should not be disposed of directly into bodies of water (“Wastewater treatment is essential for food safety”). It contains large amounts of toxic metals, unwanted soluble inorganic compounds, suspended solids, etc. Some harmful microorganisms may also be present. Contaminated water cannot be used for drinking and irrigation purposes. Metals like lead, cadmium, and chromium, as well as compounds like urea, sodium chloride, iron oxides, aluminum oxides, and copper sulfate affect the digestive system of animals and humans . The deposition of these chemicals in crops alters the natural taste and nutrients of food.

Ravish K Chauhan, Kurukshetra

Riparian rights

Reference to “It is India’s responsibility to protect its riparian rights”; Pakistan has repeatedly shown resistance to India taking its rightful share under the Indus Water Treaty. We must ensure that swift action is taken to complete India’s plans on a war footing. India must not compromise and can ill afford delays in ensuring energy security.

Anuj Malik, Rohtak

‘Jugad rehris’

Refer to “Facing opposition, government lifts ban on jugad rehris: CM”; cheap populism must not compromise road safety, the environment and court directives. Taking cognizance suo motu of this glaring challenge, the NGT and the superior courts should intervene. The CM of Punjab should not succumb to unreasonable pressures but find ways to improve the lot of those living on small livelihoods.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

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