Farmers disappointed, warn of stir


Nashik: On the backdrop of announcement of a major farm loan waiver scheme by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday, involving Rs 34,000 crore of relief, a section of farmers have however expressed disappointment and decided to finalise next course of action in today’s core committee meeting, to be held in Mumbai. The core committee members have reportedly warned of stir from June 26.

“The farming community is not fully satisfied the way the terms and conditions imposed while writing off debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer. The govt has extended the loan waiver benefits for the defaulting farmers between the period April 2012 and June 30, 2016. Unfortunately and as a matter of fact, the farmers are committing suicide due to their inability to repay the old loans,” according to core committee sources.

District president of Shetakari Sanghatana, Govind Pagar said that the announced loan waiver scheme is deceptive. The scheme should be applicable for the defaulting farmers before April 2012 as about 80% of the farmers in the district fall in this category and will be deprived of benefits from the scheme.

While members of the core committee including Hansraj Vadghule, Chandrakant Bankar, Amruta Pawar and Raju Desale expressed similar views demanding implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, blank 7/12 abstract and relaxation in the terms & conditions while writing off debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh.