Three Million applicants of farm loan waiver are not Guanine Cultivators
Dated 20th September 2017
Maharashtra Farm distress mission chairman and veteran farm activist Kishor Tiwari today claimed that more than 3 million applicants who have applied for Mega-Farm loan waiver are not legitimate cultivator and will not get any benefit of the loan waiver.earlier Revenue minister of Maharashtra Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday said at least one million bank accounts of farmers are fake which was subjected to the massive criticism but now state-owned farm task force ground report will open the fresh discussion on landless or tenant farmers long pending issues of official status of the land tenancy as per the directives of NITI Aayog .
Tiwari claimed that in dryland farm suicide-prone part of Vidarbha & Marathwada more than 30% land is being cultivated by tenant farmers who are getting any type of institutional credit and will not be covered under coming farm loan waiver but so-called farmers who are legitimate owner on record have applied for loan waiver are not entitled forloan waiver as they are not legitimate cultivators .as per recent revenue minister Patil's statement "As per the previous assessment, some 89 lakh farmers were expected to benefit out of the loan waiver scheme... Now, we have realized that some 10 lakh bank accounts of farmers are fake, most of them opened by banks or credit societies for siphoning off the loan amount. Now, with this new software, we are able to detect the true farmers who actually have some agricultural land and have availed some loan. and these fake accounts have some information missing such as actual land area, supporting documents, bank account, among others. As the software demands detailed information, we came to know that some 10 lakh bank accounts are fake, hence they would not get any loan waiver benefits,” Patil said Tuesday.
Farmers' rights activist Kishore Tiwari further said, "The state government should not only stop at freezing these bogus accounts but investigate who created them and who overlooked the creation of these accounts and siphoned off thousands of crores of the state government and bring them to justice."
Tenant farmers, who comprise about 30 % of the total cultivators in Maharashtra are unlikely to be benefited from the farm loan waiver as only the land-owning farmers are expected to be extended the benefit, to begin with,.as it is extremely difficult for the government to extend the benefit to the tenant farmers. “Genuinely speaking, the tenants should get the benefit of investment support scheme under which every landholding farmer is entitled to get since it’s they who would be actually toiling for raising crops,” Tiwari said.