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Loan waiver scheme to continue till every farmer gets the money: Maharashtra CM

The state government is spending around Rs20,000crore on pending and new irrigation projects in Vidarbha.

mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:35 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
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Ridiculing the ongoing campaign by the Opposition, Fadnavis said the previous Congress-NCP government had given a loan waiver of Rs1,500crore to Vidarbha in 2008, while his government has given a whopping Rs15,700crore.(FILE)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday reiterated that the loan waiver scheme for farmers would continue till the amount is credited to the bank accounts of all farmers.

Laying the foundation stones for one major and eight small irrigation projects at Nandura in Buldhana district, the chief minister said his government was committed to the welfare of farmers and their overall development.

Ridiculing the ongoing campaign by the Opposition, Fadnavis said the previous Congress-NCP government had given a loan waiver of Rs1,500crore to Vidarbha in 2008, while his government has given a whopping Rs15,700crore.

“The Congress-NCP government started a few irrigation projects in the region, but they didn’t give the required funds for their completion,” he alleged, adding his government would ensure all projects are completed within the deadline.

The state government is spending around Rs20,000crore on pending and new irrigation projects in Vidarbha. “We sent a proposal for financial assistance to the Centre a couple of months ago. The union minister for water resources, Nitin Gadkari, accepted it instantly,” he said.

Fadnavis and Gadkari also laid the foundation stones of eight minor projects in Akola district on Sunday. The estimated cost of these projects is Rs8,000 crore. The chief minister said the projects would bring about a change in the agriculture sector as the farmers can cultivate both kharif and rabi crops a year.

Fadnavis and Gadkari also set a record by laying the foundation stones of as many as 20 irrigation projects in the state on Sunday, besides some multi-crore road schemes in the region.

SENA ACTIVISTS HELD

At least a dozen Shiv Sena activists were detained at Nandura in Buldhana district for showing black flags to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis

The Sena activists were demanding compensation for bollworm-hit cotton growers in the area

The activists also tried to disrupt a public meeting that Fadnavis and Gadkari were to address.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 20:35 IST