As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest.
The 42-year-old allegedly hanged himself and in a suicide note, suspected to have been written by him, asked for the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis before his body was cremated.
Since June 1, farmers in Maharashtra have been on an unprecedented strike which affected the supply of milk and vegetable in urban areas.
Devendra Fadnavis said, “The loan waiver, which will come into force by October 31, 2017, will be restricted to small and marginal farmers with land holdings of five acres.”
Credit crisis is one of the major reasons for increasing farmer suicides which has been plaguing the state since long.
Since June 1, farmers have stopped movement of vegetables and milk which has squeezed supplies to the wholesale markets across the state.
Wholesale and retail prices of vegetables have gone up by almost 40 per cent, and are likely to increase more, as supplies continue to be sparse.
Farmers across Maharashtra had decided to go on strike from June 1 as repeated talks with the state government had failed to resolve the stalemate.
Records released by the Directorate of Marketing show that the combined turnover from private markets, direct markets and single license markets had crossed Rs 13,000 crore.
There is money to be made from sale of manure, especially from cattle kept in free-stall barns.
Shetti and Khot had fallen out since the latter’s decision to field his son for the zilla parishad elections in Sangli.
In case these banks lose their licences, distribution of crop loans could be impacted in the upcoming kharif season in the districts concerned.
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The application is expected to come up for hearing in a year’s time.
Vijay Ghonse Patil, managing director of the bank, said they have issued 20,700 notices and have also carried out the ‘naming and shaming’ in around 10 cases.
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The DCCBs had moved the Supreme Court for relief and during the hearing the RBI had expressed doubts over the KYC compliance of the DCCBs.
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The court had asked state pollution control boards to work in tandem with electricity distribution companies (discoms) to implement its orders.
In view of the 20 per cent increase in acreage of pulses, the central government had mandated creation of a buffer stock of pulses, of which 20,000 metric tonnes (MT) was to be done by the Federation.
On an average, the state is facing a 20 per cent shortage in milk, which dairy farmers say will get acute as the summer sets in.
In Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the party managed to put up a good show in many areas, even as the Congress and NCP blamed it for the defeat of its candidates. In Pune, Ashwini Landge of AIMIM won her seat from Panel 6 of PMC.
Given a likely supply-demand gap, slashing import duty may be necessary but the environment post-UP polls may not allow it.
Poll officials were seen helping out citizens who couldn’t figure out process.
However, the initiative didn’t seem to make much difference to voters; most of them said they had already decided who to vote for before entering the booth.
In order to stabilise prices Small Farmers Agro Business Consortium (SFAC) had contracted MahaFPC to procure 20,000 MT of tur in Maharashtra.
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On paper, the banks are saddled with Rs 2,743 cr in withdrawn currency notes which the RBI has refused to exchange with new notes
The city did not fare very well in transparency and it was ranked behind cities like Bhopal, Mumbai, Hyderabad, among others.
State MD claims procurement centres have stopped distress sales by farmers.
As mills, especially in Maharashtra, scramble for scarce cane, farmers have something to smile about.
Sanjeev Babar, managing director of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation said, demonetisation has played a major role in the dip of sugar sales.
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With 147 mills operational, as of December 15, cane growers in Maharashtra were supposed to receive Rs 2180.68 crore in payment.
Between November 10 and 14, Rs 4,700 crore was deposited with the 31 DCCBs in Maharashtra in withdrawn or specified bank notes (SBNs).
Trade in perishable agricultural goods such as vegetables has seen a significant slide since last month or so as retail markets have been severely hit due to demonetisation.
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