Maharashtra government announces complete loan waiver to farmers

Following the announcement, the farmer leaders in the state has decided to call off the protests that was scheduled for Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2017 9:17 pm
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More than a week after farmers in Maharashtra went on strike, the state government on Sunday announced complete loan waiver to the farmers in the state. Following the announcement, the farmer leaders in the state has decided to call off the protests that was scheduled for Monday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed it as a historic decision to provide relief to the farmers. Shortly after the decision he tweeted, “The government agrees for the loan waiver for farmers. The conditions and detrailing will be finalised by a joint committee.”

The Maharashtra government has said that it will form a committee to decide the criteria to waive off the loans. Maharashtra Revenue Minister, C Patil, has said, “CM had announced loan waiver for small and marginal farmers, today govt has accepted it based on certain criteria.” Patil, who headed a high-powered committee set up by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, was speaking to reporters after holding discussions with farmer leaders.

Farmer leader and Lok Sabha member Raju Shetti, who participated in the talks, said he was happy that their demands had been met. “Our issues have been resolved. We have decided to temporarily call off our agitation, including the dharna protests scheduled for tomorrow and day after. However, if no satisfactory decision is taken (on the criterion for loan waiver) by July 25, we will restart our stir,” Shetti said.

Another farmer leader, Raghunathdada Patil, said the minister had assured them that “all loans” of farmers will be waived. “The atmosphere now is like Diwali celebrations. 100 per cent of our demands have been accepted,” he said. The ministers’ group has decided to restart fresh loan disbursal to farmers from today, Raghunathdada said.

“We are calling off the road and rail roko protests scheduled for tomorrow and June 13,” independent MLA Bachu Kadu said. “However, if the decision taken today is not implemented before July 24, the farmers will resume their agitation,” Kadu said. The revenue minister, asked if his announcement on farmers getting new loans from today meant that the old ones would be restructured, said, “It is a simple banking question. Till the old loan is waived, one doesn’t get new loan.”

Fadnavis had on Friday announced the formation of the six-member committee to look into the various demands of farmers, including the loan waiver. The panel also comprises senior minister Diwakar Raote of the Shiv Sena, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Cooperatives Minister Subhash Deshmukh and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan.

On June 1, farmers from a village in Ahmednagar district went on strike followed by many farmers groups in other parts, who tried to suspend vegetable and milk supply to Mumbai.

with PTI inputs

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      Jun 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm
      Fiscal deficit, Tax Burden on the Middle Cla-ss, Farmer Cess, Swachh Cess, Cow Cess, ..........will be handled by the common man as long as BJP can buy their votes and go to any lengths to keep their power !
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        Soma mitra
        Jun 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm
        BJP doesn't encourage freebies .at any cost's Congress who support it .those who expect freebies under BJP r u l i n g country or state can leave India ... Those who want to be paid should work hard ..... These were the words of arrogant leaders before UP election ... Yup they worked hard and paid off .but they were not working in the field but on the roads as protestors .. ... BJP had to give up ..At Las all these will be squeezed and su cked out from common tax payer ... As per the stats 36000 crore waiver can't be afforded by UP state alone so central government will provide loan to them .. Where do central goverent get this money ?..from common men like us .. Tamilnadu Maharashtra Karnataka and gujarath are the States who contribute more as tax to the central government ..50 percbt of the taxes collected are from these 4 States . but people from these states get only 20 percnt as some schemes and developmental activities .. Poor souls
        1. Mukesh Pandey
          Jun 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm
          Waiver of Loans has been used by successive Governments as an Instrument for reaping political Benefits. It would be more appropriate to fix MRP based on cost of Production plus the ured Margins and make Agriculture a Profitable Profession as 60 of population is still engaged in this sector
          1. Sriram Kalpathi
            Jun 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm
            The First bad decision on loan waiver to farmers in UP has already taken its toll with farmers across the length and breadth of the country demanding loan waiver. Will the State Governments repay the loan to the financial ins utions,especially,to the Banks? Will the State Governments waive off the loans of Companies and the loan of the common man,other than farmers,who also fail to repay the money to the Banks and financial Ins utions? The time has come for every unemplo person to take loan from the Banks,become self emplo ,as advised by Amit Shah.If they end up in a loss,the government must waive off the loan to the self emplo .
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