Farm Loan Waiver -Task force urged CM to include all debt trapped dry land farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada
Dated 11th June 2017
Kishor tiwari Farm activist who is as chairman of special task force formed by Govt. of Maharashtra to address prevailing agrarian crisis and to redress the issue of ongoing farmers suicides of dry land drought affected farmers of 14 districts of west Vidarbha and Marathwada in massage to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadanvis has welcomed decision of giving farm loan waiver to Maharashtra farmers but urged him to cover all farmers of region without any condition of land holding as earlier National mega farm loan waiver given by UPA Govt. in 2008-09 has 2 hector limits which kept most of crisis driven and distressed of farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada and same criteria of small and marginal is repeated will keep most of dry land drought affected farmers of 14 districts of west Vidarbha and Marathwada.
In response to the message of prevailing concern of more than 4 million dry land drought affected farmers of 14 districts of west Vidarbha and Marathwada regarding stringent condition of putting land holding limit of 2 hector , chief minister Devendra Fadanvis has assured him that as he has raised issue of unjust happened with dry land farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada national mega farm loan waiver given by UPA Govt. in 2008-09,this time due care will be taken to protect interest to address the farm debt issue of dryland farmers who are having land but very low earning ,Tiwari added.
Farm task force has urged chief minister Devendra Fadanvis if blanket loan to all distress farmers more than 4 million dry land drought affected farmers of 14 districts of west Vidarbha and Marathwada then keep land holding limit up to 5 hector for dry land farmers if it is kept 2 hector for farmers with irrigation facility or farm loan with blanket limit up to Rs.two lakh farm debt is given most of crisis driven and distressed of farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada will be covered who are in deep trouble and will keep rich farmers out to network loan waiver, Tiwari urged .
Tiwari recalled that when National mega farm loan waiver given by UPA Govt. in 2008-09 was given most of it’s benefits of taken away by rich farmers and banks to clear out their NPA and hence it should legitimate compulsion to fresh credit to all farmers whose farm loan has waived of to avoid the misuse of farm loan waiver .
Tiwari also urged CM to give special farm loan waiver incentives to farmers who have been repaying crop loan regularly and exclude farmers who are paying income tax and earning other than agrarian activity.RBI should put compulsory for all PSU Banks to give fresh crop loan every farmers who has been given loan waiver by the state ,Tiwari added.