Loan waiver: BJP seeks CBI inquiry

Citing CAG’s report pointing that about 8.5 per cent beneficiaries under UPA’s farm loan waiver scheme were ineligible

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 1:37 am

Citing CAG’s report pointing that about 8.5 per cent beneficiaries under UPA’s farm loan waiver scheme were ineligible,the BJP on Tuesday asserted that these figures indicate a “massive scam” and demanded a CBI inquiry into it.

“As many as 24 lakh ineligible beneficiaries have benefited through this massive scheme. The CAG report is an eye opener and the BJP demands immediate CBI inquiry to unearth the real extent of the scam,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He also demanded that the inquiry should “fix the responsibility and action must be taken against the guilty”.

The BJP sought to dismiss the suggestions that the CAG’s finding indicated merely banking irregularities saying that it was a “scam”.

“It is not just an irregularity. Thousands of crores cannot be given to ineligible people without somebody supporting. This amounts to a scam because the government exchequer has been defrauded,” Javadekar said.

Using the CAG’s estimate that about 13 per cent of eligible farmers could not avail farm loan waiver,the BJP also demanded that the government should extend that facility to them now.

Referring to the fact that the UPA government came out with the farm loan waiver scheme ahead of 2009 Lok Sabha elections,senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh cautioned against using public funds with an eye on political parties’ interests in elections.

“It was an electoral game and its shortcomings were bound to get exposed. Yes,there have been irregularities but the point is government’s money should not be spent to further the interest of political parties in elections,” Singh said.

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