The state government Tuesday targeted some Congress and NCP-controlled district cooperative banks over delays in disbursing crop insurance benefits.
Cooperatives Minister Chandrakant Patil indicated that the government was considering action against these banks after “receiving complaints that they were delayed passing on the benefits to farmers.”
Patil specifically named the banks in Parbhani, Beed, and Jalna while cautioning similar banking cooperatives against such behaviour. While the government appeared to suggest that there may be a ‘political design’ to the delay, the Opposition was quick to dub it as political vendetta.
Former NCP minister, Rajesh Tope, whose father (late) Ankushrao Tope, was the chairperson of the Jalna district cooperative bank, alleged that the government’s move appeared politically motivated. Sources said that Beed alone has received Rs 800 crore towards settlement of crop insurance claims,and Jalna has got Rs 480 crore.
While the banks allegedly received the money a fortnight ago and were expected to immediately settle claims, sources said that the government had received complaints that these three banks were yet to disburse the amount. The state bureaucracy has now been asked to look into it.