Farmers protest over selling land by Punjab Agri Bank for non-payment of loans

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 29, 2019

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Patiala Ropar, Sangrur, Ludhiana,Barnala, Fatehgarh sahib


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non-payment of loans by farmers



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Punjab Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) has prepared a list of 12,625 defaulter farmers in 6 districts whose agriculture land it intends to sell to recover the pending dues estimated at Rs. 229.80 crores. The bank's Patiala division comprises Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib. Bhartiya Kisan Union has already announced that it will fight against this move and will not allow the sale of land. This move comes amid the farmers are demanding loan waiver. Instead of waiver government is planning to sell land their land to recover the amount. So far 109 arrests warrants have been issued, 28 farmers have been already arrested and a sum of Rs.70.79 lakh recovered from them. Farmers remind the CM captain Amarinder Singh's promise before the election to waive all loans for which farmers demand must be fulfill.

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Punjab Agriculture Bank

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Bhartiya Kisan Union (Urgrahan)

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Damandeep Singh

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Damandeep Singh

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Damandeep Singh

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