Opposition bats for Marathwada farmers, seeks loan waiver

While the Congress demanded that the government announce a complete loan waiver for farmers, NC) pushed the government for declaring a crop damage owing to heavy rain in Marathwada region.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 4, 2016 2:53 am

A day before Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis holds a special meeting of his Cabinet in the farm-distressed Marathwada region, the Opposition Monday upped the ante against the ruling party.

While the Congress demanded that the government announce a complete loan waiver for farmers, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) pushed the government for declaring a crop damage owing to heavy rain in Marathwada region.

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NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, who is also the Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, said that incessant rains over the past month had led to severe crop damage. “The government must urgently…extend financial assistance to farmers whose crops have been ravaged,” Munde said.

Munde announced that all NCP legislators from the belt would be meeting the CM before the meeting of Cabinet ministers on Tuesday in Aurangabad.

Other issues concerning the region’s farmers would also be raised during this interaction, he said.

Congress leader Narayan Rane said the government should accept the demand for a loan waiver for farmers.

“Holding a Cabinet meeting in the distressed region alone won’t do much. The government must announce some concrete decisions including loan waiver,” Rane said.

Munde criticised the government over “a delayed call” to convene a special meeting for Marathwada’s issues. “Ideally they (the government) ought to have convened this meeting while the region was facing a severe drought and water scarcity,” Munde remarked. “The farmers in the region are now battling crop damage due to incessant rains. At least now the government should not delay assistance to them,” he added.