Shiv Sena sets Dussehra deadline for farm loan waiver in Maharashtra
After a massive agitation in June, the state government announced a Rs34,000-crore package to waive off farm loans, claiming it would benefit nearly 89 lakh farmers.mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 10:53 IST
The Shiv Sena has set a deadline before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government to fully implement its loan waiver scheme before Dussehra, which is on September 30.
This comes a day after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that farmers will start getting loan relief from October and that the scrutiny of applications will begin from September 15.
After a massive agitation in June, the state government announced a Rs34,000-crore package to waive off farm loans, claiming it would benefit nearly 89 lakh farmers.
Last month, farmers relaunched their protest demanding a blanket loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report for better prices for their produce.
On Monday, Shiv Sena legislators and party functionaries across the state went to the district headquarters and gave a letter to district collectors, asking them to ensure farmers are debt-free by Dussehra.
Sena ministers and senior party functionaries too gave a similar letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, asking the government to ensure farmers are debt-free before Dussehra.
Shiv Sena minister Ramdas Kadam said, “We met the chief minister and demanded that the loan waiver should be implemented immediately. It has been more than three months now since the loan waiver was announced, but farmers’ suicides continue unabated. The chief minister has assured us that the money for the farm loan waiver will be deposited by the first week of October.”
The Shiv Sena has been constantly targeting the government over the issue, first agitating for the loan waiver and then protesting for its speedy implementation. After the chief minister announced the loan waiver, the party beat drums outside district cooperative banks and demanded a list of eligible farmers.
The party’s recent deadline for the government to clear farmers’ debts also sets the stage for Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s speech at the Sena’s annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park.
A total of 47.75 lakh farmers have registered for the loan waiver through the state government’s online process till September 1. The government is in the process of verifying the applications.