Maharashtra Govt Has Waived Loans of 41 Lakh Farmers, Says CM
The Maharashtra government has approved the farm loan waiver of 41 lakh farmers to the tune of Rs 19,537 crore till now, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday, 7 December.
Out of Rs 19,537 crore, a sum of Rs 4,673 crore is part of One Time Settlement (OTS), the statement added.
Fadnavis chaired a meeting of the State Level Bankers Committee to review the progress of crediting of waiver amount into accounts of farmers under the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman scheme.
The CM asked banks to speed up the process of actual disbursement into farmer accounts and also insisted for more coordinated efforts in implementing the OTS.
Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde claimed that the figures provided by Fadnavis were “fake” and asked him to reveal the names of farmers who have benefitted from the scheme.
He claimed that the foot march by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) against the government will have disastrous consequences for the BJP.
Munde further said that he saw crops destroyed by bollworms when he visited a cotton farm at Pavnar village in Wardha district.
“Instead of compensating the farmer for the loss, the farmer told us that government officials asked him to sell whatever cotton was left and pay the electricity bill,” he said.