Monday, 17 July 2017

Maharashtra govt announces loan waiver for small, marginal farmers in view of hardships

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced to waive the farmers' loans in view of the hardship faced by them in the state.

Confirming the government's decision, state Revenue Minister C Patil said, "CM had announced loan waiver for small and marginal farmers, today govt has accepted it based on certain criteria."

The announcement comes a day after the Devendra Fadnavis-led government set up a six-member team of ministers to look into the farmers' demands.

The farmers` strike completed 10 days on Saturday with an ultimatum to the state government to concede their demands, failing which the agitation will be further intensified from Monday.

Apart from ruling Shiv Sena and the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, the agitation has secured support of the opposition Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Aam Aadmi Party, all Leftist parties and 35 trade unions, NGOs and 35 farmers groups across the state.

Fadnavis, who earlier this week announced that the "biggest` loan waiver in state history was coming by October 31, had on Friday set up the ministerial group to resolve the famers issues.


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