PUNE: District central co-operative banks and nationalised banks in the State have started disbursing an emergency aid of Rs 10,000 per farmer promised by the State government on June 11, said an officer from co-operative commissioner’s office on Thursday. Around 90 lakh farmers will be benefited through this.
The officials at the co-operative commissionerate said a total of 6,990 farmers have been disbursed Rs 67.49 lakh from district cooperative banks, rural banks and nationalised banks. The official said around 7,000 farmers have been given Rs 10,000 each and the disbursal will be completed soon.
On July 21, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis convened a meeting of all banks at the State-level Bankers Committee (SLBC). Fadnavis asked all banks to take immediate measures to clear the payment of Rs 10,000 as an immediate aid.
The officer said that banks did not implement these directives as they did not receive the clearance from SLBC on time though the State government had provided its guarantee to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
So far till date, distressed farmers in 30 districts, excluding a few like Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Mumbai and Mumbai suburban, have started getting the promised aid announced on June 11.
Earlier, only Rs 3,200 was given as immediate aid, mostly by the Vidarbha-Konkan Gramin Bank, Maharashtra Gramin Bank and district central cooperative banks.
(With inputs from IANS)