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After budget session, farm loan waiver to be at the centre of Maharashtra’s monsoon session too

The Congress party and the NCP took a unanimous decision that the confusion over loan waiver would be their first priority in the upcoming session

mumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2017 23:58 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
Maharashtra,Monsoon session,Budget session
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the customary tea party at Sahyadri Guest House at Malabar Hill on Sunday.(Pratik Chorge/HT)

If the budget session was dominated by demands of loan waiver by the opposition and Shiv Sena, the monsoon session that will commence on Monday is likely to be no different. Though the Maharashtra government has announced Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver for farmers in the state, the opposition plans to corner the government over the confusion on the its roll-out.

In a bid to counter the opposition, CM Devendra Fadnavis said his government would start the procedure to collect the online application forms from 89 lakh farmers from Monday. “The process to collect the forms will start from Monday. We have prepared simple forms, which will be available at 25,000 centres. Every gram panchayat will have at least one centre to collect the forms. Since it is an online process, the scrutiny will be faster and accurate,” Fadnavis said on Sunday.

He added that the farmers will have to put down their Aadhaar numbers in the forms. “The reason behind the distribution of these forms is to avoid ghost accounts, which we have experienced in the past. We will link the loan waiver form with farmers’ Aadhaar,” Fadnavis added.

The opposition — the Congress party and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — is unlikely to be convinced with the government’s process and took a unanimous decision that the confusion over loan waiver would be their first priority in the upcoming session. The opposition will however be dodged by an internal rift that threatens to dilute their attack against the government.

The Fadnavis-led government also faces trouble from within as Shiv Sena, the junior partner in the government, also turned up the heat on the government on the session’s eve. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, in an interview to party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said Sena would not desist from “exposing” the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, should it fail to implement the loan waiver scheme properly.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 23:58 IST