Fix Aadhaar errors, start the farm loan waiver process today: Maharashtra CM to banks
The state information technology (IT) department has found multiple errors in the data provided by the banksUpdated: Oct 26, 2017 09:30 IST
Discrepancies in Aadhaar and account data of farmers in Maharashtra which are causing delays in processing loan waiver applications have caused chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to enlist the help of banks.
In an urgent state level banker’s committee (SLBC) meeting called by Fadnavis on Wednesday, he asked banks to provide clarity on the errors found in account details of lakhs of farmers.
The state information technology (IT) department has found multiple errors in the data provided by the banks.
In several cases, hundreds of farmers have been linked with the same Aadhaar number, which has created difficulty in verifying details and clearing waiver applications of the farmers. Some of the other errors include couples having the same Aadhaar number and discrepancies in the loan principal and interest amounts. Fadnavis also directed banks to start transferring the amounts to loan accounts from Thursday.
He also asked banks officials to coordinate with the state IT department to rectify the errors. “Each bank should appoint an IT expert to coordinate with the state IT department to resolve such issues,” Fadnavis added.
“At present, our priority is to clear loan applications of the farmers and not running after banks for providing erroneous details. Hence, instead of going in to all such issues, banks have been asked to cooperate with the government to resolve the matter at the earliest,” said a senior official privy to the development. Of the 26 lakh bank account details provided by the banks, the state government has found only 2 lakh account details useful for verification process. Based on these accounts, the state government will start disbursing loan amounts Thursday onwards, said Subhash Deshmukh, state cooperation minister. The government recently set aside ₹4,000 crore to reimburse banks against loan waivers given out to farmers. It has received 56.59 lakh applications covering 77.27 lakh farmers for Rs 34,022 crore farm loan waiver package announced by the chief minister.
First Published: Oct 26, 2017 09:28 IST