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Farmers to gather in Jalgaon to revive loan waiver demand

Meet on Sept 26; say this will be ‘the last warning’ to government

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 4, 2017 5:56 am
devendra fadnavis news, farm loan waiver news, india news, indian express news Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File/Photo)

Farmers from across the state will be holding a gathering in Jalgaon on September 26 to revive their demand from the government for a complete loan waiver. The decision to hold the meeting in Jalgaon was taken by the coordination committee of farmers that met in Parbhani last week. “This government is not willing to listen to us. By putting terms and conditions, it is ensuring that lakhs of farmers do not get benefit of the so-called loan waiver that it has announced. It has made no moves on the issue of minimum support price for all agriculture produce. We now plan to gather in Jalgaon as a last warning to this government to change its ways,” said Dr Ajit Nawle, convener of the coordination committee of farmers who held agitations on the issue earlier.

Farmers in Maharashtra had in June this year gone on a 11-day strike seeking a loan waiver and fundamental changes in the functioning of agricultural markets. The initial agitation had forced the state government to come out with a loan waiver scheme. To placate the farmers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared that the government’s farm loan waiver scheme would benefit 89 lakh farmers in the state, which would cost Rs 34,022 crore to the exchequer.

The government had limited its waiver to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer, which is being opposed by farmers. The agitating group is also seeking MSP for agriculture produce.

The farmers had called off their strike after the announcements, but decided to restart their agitation two months later as they felt that their initial demand of complete loan waiver had not been met. The agitating group also questioned the utility and impact of the loan waiver saying it had not helped all farmers in the state.

The second phase of the agitation had gone on for two days and managed to gain some traction in rural Maharashtra as farmers came out on the streets seeking a complete loan waiver.

They had held a “chakka jam” to stop the flow of vehicles on state and national highways, and also held protests to stop ministers from unfurling flags in various parts of the state on Independence Day. However, the agitation was then discontinued. Farmers are now saying they will restart their protest to ensure their demands are met.

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  1. N
    Sep 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    Is this agitation is apolitical or any political party/parties is behind this agitation? Very sorry state of Kisan Politics!!!!. Who are these leaders - give their credentials? Are they habitual trouble makers?
    1. I
      Sep 4, 2017 at 9:53 am
      loan waiver not the solution to the farmers instead it will give courage to corrupt minded farmers to cheat the govt. and there will be more corrupt minded middlemen and even bank officials also make money. The solution for this Farmers are insured for the particular season and if any losses due to short of rain or any other natural calamities Insurance company must be compensated for the losses incurred by insured farmers. Loan waiver policy just encourages corrupt minded politicians and farmers to cheat Govt.