Maharashtra govt announces loan waiver for farmers

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

A cooperative bank in the state has sent notices to almost 3,000 farmers, threatening legal action if they don't clear loan dues.

Among the most affected are the widows of the farmers. In a bid to pacify agitating farmers, the government had ordered purchase of onions from June 7 at 22 procurement centres across the state.

Party senior spokesperson C P Joshi said the Modi government in three years of being in power has put the agriculture sector in the "ICU" as it is gripped with widespread distress and farmers are committing suicide due to BJP's anti-farmer policies and its "callous" approach.

Congress on Monday termed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's fast to restore peace in his state rocked by violence during a farmers' agitation, as "farcical token fast and hypocrisy".

"Both the CMs refused to speak with the farmers in the earlier stage of the protests, which angered the farmers", he said.

However, loans of small and marginal farmers have been written off with immediate effect and they shall be entitled to fresh agricultural loans beginning June 12, he added.

The video, which has gone viral, may further cement the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) allegation that the "Congress is instigating farmers for political gains".

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"When you are writing off loans of corporates, how can farmers remain quiet", Sharma asked.

To ensure that farmers should get desired and reasonable price for their produce, he announced to create "Kisan Bazaar" at panchayat level. "The government should bring reforms in the markets", Hussain said.

The government had also assured that moong and tuar will be procured from farmers from June 10 at minimum support price.

The farmers called off their stir after the Government came out with the loan waiver.

The farmers' were gathered in Mandsaur district to launch a week-long protest demanding better compensation for their crop in the drought-hit region.

The farmers' demands included a waiver on farm loans, free electricity, appropriate remunerative prices for their produce, grants for irrigation, pension for farmers aged 60 years and above and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

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