Land Development Bank restarted Forcible Recovery of Seven Thousands Debt trapped Vidarbha Farmers
NAGPUR: October 18 , 2011
Maharashtra Govt. issued fresh order of forceful recovery to already bankrupt Land Dev. Bank.(LDB) of selected more than 7000 cotton farmers what they classified these defaulting distressed farmers as ‘willful defaulter’ by auctioning TV, cycle like all household for recovery of long pending dues of around 27crore which was not covered in mega loan waiver packages of year 2008 and 2010 and issue of recovering ten times interest than original loan amount is till pending before High court other forum for redressal as the complete recovery of LD Bank is in contrary to basic provision of article 44 c of coop . law which bar these bank to recover the amount of debt more than double of the amount of original loan amount which is called as rule of ‘Damduppatti’ but some babus in the state Govt. has made issue of prestige and they are forcing the district bank to go ahead with this stringent inhuman disgraceful style of forceful recovery before festival season of ‘Diwali’ in fact they recovered more than 51 tractors of these selected defaulters in rainy season even Govt. has stopped such forceful recoveries .west vidarbha in which these maximum selected defaulter are located are under severe agrarian crisis and more than 8000 farmers committed suicides since June 2005 and Indian Govt. has declared numbers of relief packages amounting more than Rs.10,000 crore but failed address the issue as farmers suicides are till continued at rate of eight hourly one farm suicide hence Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti-VJAS has flays the restarting of unwanted force recovery of LDB and urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prathiviraj Chavan for urgent intervention and arrange for the requisite bailout package to these dying farmers in letter today.
‘As all selected defaulter are from agrarian crisis hit west vidarbha and CM own region western Maharashtra defaulters have been excluded from this forceful recovery ,this is uncalled unnecessary action provoking the distress farmers to kill themselves ,the issue LDB sickness and Nabard directives are not the new one hence ‘Bailout ‘ package to these excluded LDB defaulters is only solution that Babus are complicating hence we demand complete loan waiver to all LDB defaulter ’ Tiwari added.
Last year too Maharashtra Co-Operation and Marketing Minister Harshvardhan Patil had issued order of forcible recovery then in different style of Gandhigiri by beating drum before the house of short listed willful defaulters as Land development bank in a Naxal effected Gadchoroli district has given debt recovery notice to one debt trapped marginal farmer named Shivshankar Rajaram Adgela age-55 of village sironcha that bank officials would start Dharana Agitation before his house with drum beating and slogan shouting a since 10 a.m. to.5 p.m. on 5th October in order to recovery the 1992 tractor loan of Rs. One lakh eighty thousand of which he has returned one lakh fourty five thousand and that time they were demanding Nine Lakh twenty seven thousand which against the law of land that banker can’t recovery more than basic amount as part of interest but plan was misfired after big huge and cry of the media but issue is till pending with out solution .
‘The present orders apex bankers are totally contradictory to the earlier announcement of Co-Operation and Marketing Minister Harshvardhan Patil that The one-time settlement (OTS) will now be available till March 31, 2011 and now Chief Minister should intervene to stop this forcible recovery as this is not the time even if farmers wants to repay the loan under OTS ’Kishore Tiwari VJAS urged in press release today.
‘crisis driven LDB banks of west vidarbha is till awaiting Rs.446 crore of loan waiver amount paid to apex bank in march 2009 by NABARD moreover STATE Govt. failed to pay interest waiver 70% amount has not been paid already received in 2006 from central Govt. It’s apathy of Maharashtra Govt. that diverted the money to western Maharashtra and allowed these banks in vidrabh is become ‘bankrupt’ as even the OTS scheme which was announced by the state government in September 2007 for around 1.25 lakh members of the LDB and its branches, could not take off in west vidarbha and cotton farmers were kept out of OTS net ’Tiwari alleged.
‘Issue of the unpaid salary of around 550 LDB employees of vidarbha sine December 2009 has been interlinked with forcible recovery of outstanding due of dent trapped farmers and now as agrarian crisis are further deepen ,LDB cant go on interlinking both issues and Nabard and Maharashtra Govt. to settle the salary payment issue in order to avoid innocent victimization of debt trapped farmers ,those Govt. should continue legitimate action against willful defaulter as per recent announcement of cooperative minister’ Tiwari urged.