Farmers on strike accuse rural bank of siphoning savings for loans
Banda, Uttar Pradesh:
Farmers from various districts in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh on Monday began an indefinite hunger strike at the district headquarters of a rural bank in Banda, alleging management fraud.
Under the banner of the Bundelkhand Kisan Union, protesting farmers in the district claimed that the rural bank was making money for the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loan from their savings accounts without their consent. .
Police said an investigation into the case had so far not confirmed the farmers’ claims against the bank.
The price of the crops sold by the farmer is deposited directly into his savings accounts by the Mandi Samiti that the bank officials adjust on their loan, without their consent, Union President Bundelkhand Kisan told reporters. , Vimal Kumar Sharma.
The bank is also adjusting money from various central government programs like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), among others, to recover loan contributions, he said.
The union tried to register an FIR against the bank’s management but failed, Sharma said.
Referring to an incident at the bank’s branch in Mahoba district in UP, Mr. Sharma said that money from savings accounts was transferred to KCC loan accounts without notifying affected farmers. .
We also approached the police to file a complaint in this regard, but they sided with the bank, said Sharma.
Sitaram Naik, a protesting farmer from Panwari region, Mahoba district, said: “Rs 2.34 lakh was deposited into my savings bank account by Mandi Samiti, of which Rs 1 lakh was adjusted to the KCC account without my approval.
Several other farmers participating in the protest also spoke about their specific cases and Mr Sharma alleged that more farmers are complaining about similar tactics taken against them.