Mumbai: Against the backdrop of the farmers’ strike, the State government is planning to waive off loans of marginal land holder farmers across the State, but the talks will be only with the genuine farmers and not with the leaders having political agenda and those who are using farmers’ shoulder to train guns on the government, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Tuesday.
He further said that the package will be announced by the end of October. Meanwhile, cooperative and agriculture departments are collecting information about dues of farmers.
To end the farmers’ strike in State, Fadnavis is ready to meet and discuss the issue with any ‘genuine’ farmers’ leader.
“The State government is ready to talk with any real leader of farmers even if that leader has a different opinion. But, we will not talk to someone who has political intentions,” said Fadnavis.
While explaining the farmers’ loan waiver issue, Fadnavis further said, “I have promised that the government will give highest ever loan waiver to farmers with small land holdings. Officers of different department are working on that. When we meet the delegation of farmers, we will put it before them. The government needs four months to work on the plan and its implementation,” said Fadnavis.
“Political parties and their leaders are participating in the agitation to make it violent,” he alleged. “I have details about the violence during the agitation at every place in the State. I am also aware about that they are from which political outfit,” he said. According to the CN, out of 307 of 300 market committees were open, only four were closed due to weekly off. It means only three APMCs observed bandh.
The loan waiver formula will be based on modern technology to prevent the misuse of loan waiver. “CAG had shown in past how loan waiver was used wrongly. This should not be repeated now. Andhra Pradesh had invented a technology that was used for actual mapping of needy farmers. We will develop similar technology before implementation,” Fadnavis said.