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CM blames the previous governments for the condition of farmers, announces a new approach for their development

  • Hiral Patel
  • July 21, 2015
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The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis announced a Rs 25000 crore sustainable development plan for agriculture. The CM chose however not to announce a loan wavier as was expected in the wake of the agrarian crisis citing the last time this was done, in 2008, it did not yield the expected results and did not reduce farmer suicides. He blamed the previous governments for misusing the previous loan waiver for the benefit of the politicians, in-turn further depriving the farmers. Unless farmers are empowered, socially and financially, loan waivers will not help them the CM said.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that loan waivers in the past have not benefited farmers, but debt-ridden cooperative credit societies and their politically influential members who indulged in irregularities.

These societies showed many fake entries of farmers who never took loan and obtained loan waivers. Such additional disbursement of loan comes to over Rs 4,000 crore, which will now be probed,

the CM said amid applause from treasury benches.

Four committees of experts appointed to study the plight of farmers have stressed these facts. They have also said that poor health and education are major contributing factors to the suicides, these reports were completely ignored by the former governments”he said.

Farmer suicide is the highest in the Marathwada and Vidarbha region, with over 1000 suicides last year, but surprisingly the loan wavier offered by the previous congress government was least in this area. The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said,

Of Rs 6,911 crore distributed as part of the loan waiver, Marathwada and Vidarbha farmers got only 17%, while a whopping 53% was grabbed by farmers in western Maharasthra. The benefits of the waiver were mostly reaped by district banks.

He added,

Of the 60 lakh farmers in these two regions, only 25 lakh take loans for agriculture. In such a situation, a complete loan waiver was out of the question.

Instead of offering loan waivers, the CM said the government will come up with a Rs 25,000 crore plan for sustainable agriculture over the next five years, and appealed to the more better off citizens of the state to prepare to pay more taxes for the welfare of the impoverished farmers.

The government wishes to invest in the empowerment of farmers by spending Rs 5,000 crore every year. Our resources are limited and hence the people of the state should brace to bear the additional burden,

he said.

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