The Devendra Fadnavis government unveiled a mega Rs 34,020 crore farm loan waiver scheme that will see debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer being written off. The loan waiver scheme, being touted as the “biggest ever” such measure by any state in the country, is expected to make 40 lakh farmers “debt-free” and will provide relief to 49 lakh others.
The Shiv Sena, though a part of the ruling coalition, had backed the farmers’ agitation for loan waiver in Maharashtra earlier this month. “I will also personally look into the issue of criminal charges registered against agitating farmers. I will ensure that these charges are dropped,” Thackeray said.