Maharashtra to restart recovery of farm bills

The recovery operations had remained suspended for over a year on account of unprecedented drought conditions.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 23, 2016 3:37 am
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In the wake of a good monsoon witnessed in most parts of the state, the state government has decided to revive the recovery of farm electricity bills. The recovery operations had remained suspended for over a year on account of unprecedented drought conditions. On Thursday, Sanjeev Kumar, Managing Director, Mahavitran, which is the state-run power distribution company, said bill recovery could now be initiated since most parts of the state have witnessed good rains.

With the state witnessing three drought spells in four years, farm electricity arrears have risen to Rs 13,000 crore. While claiming that the recovery of these arrears was imperative to sustain operations, sources said recovering all the arrears may have political ramifications for the government.

The Opposition has been targeting the state government for mishandling the agrarian crisis. With the ongoing Maratha community protest rallies also raising the issue of farm loans, indications are that the government would
collect current bills, while deferring recovery of outstandings for now.