Amid the ongoing farm loan waiver issue in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led state government has announced that it will provide Rs 10,000 to every farmer owning less than 5 acres of agricultural land. As per ANI, state Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said that the announcement of the scheme has been made for purchase of seeds for the farmers.
Last Monday, the state government had stated that it would provide Rs 10,000 to every farmer in order to help them in purchasing seeds and fertilisers to start the sowing of crops for the kharif season. This scheme is said to help around 40 lakh farmers of the state. Earlier government sources had said that a detailed loan waiver modalities and parameters to define eligibility criteria would need more time.
Speaking to Indian Express, an official said, “Banks would be directed to immediately give Rs 10,000 to each farmer, especially those in debt and with small and marginal landholding, to enable them to procure seeds and fertilisers.” As per an Indian Express report, government estimates that the Rs 10,000 aid to the farmers would also create extra burden of more than Rs 6,000 cr.
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Meanwhile, Fadnavis had earlier pointed out that the farm loan waiver was to help small, marginal and needy farmers of the state. State government’s decision to provide loan waiver to farmers is also an attempt to lift feeling of discrimination among the community. Fadnavis had also asked the committee led by Patil to come out with a mechanism to make sure the decision only benefits the poor and debt-ridden farmers. Later, Patil said that rich farmers will not be included in the loan waiver that has been announced by the state government.