Farm loan waiver: States making announcements must generate funds from own resources, says Arun Jaitley

Farm loan waiver: Arun Jaitley's comment comes after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced a total loan waiver for farmers in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 2:16 pm
Arun Jaitley, Farm loan waiver, Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis Union minister Arun Jaitley. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that states which were keen on farm loan waiver ‘must generate funds from their own resources’, reported news agency PTI. Jaitley’s comment comes after Maharashtra government announced a total loan waiver for farmers in the state.

According to estimates, the Maharashtra government will have to provide Rs 1.14 lakh crore to waive off entire loan burden of all 1.36 crore farmers in the state. However, total loan waiver of marginal and small farmers only amounts to Rs 30,000 crore.

Earlier, the newly-elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh led by CM Yogi Adityanath had also made the announcement of  waiving off Rs 36,000-crore loan in its first cabinet meet on April 4. The decision led to similar demands in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

Jaitley was meeting the heads of PSU banks to discuss the issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). “NPA resolution, finances of banks, review of financial inclusion discussed with heads of public banks,” PTI quoted him as saying.

PSBs made stable operating profit of Rs 1.5 lakh crore in 2016-17, net profit at Rs 574 crore after provisioning. Speedy resolution for pending NPA cases required,” he added.

The meeting was the first after promulgation of the ordinance amending the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

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