Pune: Stating that the loan waiver announced by the State government has many lacunae, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader and MP Raju Shetti said the government should declare a list of beneficiaries under this scheme.
He was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of party’s state executive committee meeting held in the city on Wednesday.
Raising doubts that many farmers will be excluded from the Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver under one pretext or the other, Shetti said if their doubts are proved to be true the final decision on whether to remain with the government will be announced on July 26.
Stating that the money offered to those who pay loans regularly is less, he demanded that the government raise the money offered to such farmers from Rs 25,000 to at least Rs 50,000.
About the growing proximity of SSS leader and State Minister Sadashiv Khot with the ruling party, Shetti said a four-member committee has been formed to probe into whether Khot crossed the party line and the decision on Khot’s fate in the party will be taken on July 4.
Many leaders like Prakash Pophale, Ravikant Tupkar, Satish Kakake, Dashrath Sawant, Manik Kadam, Hansraj Wadghule were present for this meeting. Shetti said the government recently announced loan waiver of Rs 34,000 crore and that 40 lakh farmers will get complete loan waiver. He asked district chiefs of his party to prepare a list of beneficiaries and said the delegation of SSS will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after getting the actual number of beneficiaries under this scheme.
‘Loan waiver temporary measure’
Shetti said the loan waiver is just a temporary solution to farmers’ issues and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission is the ultimate solution. Shetti said before coming to power Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised that the farmers would be given Minimum Support Price (MSP), which will be 1.5 times price of production. He said 120 farmers’ organisation will come together to take out a nationwide rally or Kisan Sangharsh Yatra from July 6, demanding implementation of Swaminathan Commission. The rally will reach New Delhi on July 18.