PUNE: A day after the Opposition parties, farmers’ organisations and Shiv Sena successfully obtained a complete loan waiver from the government, these parties are busy claiming credit for the same.
NCP leader and former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar congratulated the State government for announcing a blanket loan waiver. Pawar tweeted that he was, however, worried about the choice of words ‘in principle’ and ‘criteria’ for farm loan waiver made by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil. The minister,, while speaking to private news channels, clarified that the size of the land will not be considered as a criterion for loan waiver.
NCP leader and Rajya Sabha Member Vandana Chavan said it is too early to rejoice about the government’s announcement when the conditions for loan waiver are to be made clear. She said her party is disappointed about the government’s approach towards farmers’ agitation and it is sad that farmers had to take to the streets to draw the attention of the government. She added that loan waiver would be a short-term solution and demanded that the government take a holistic approach to help farmers.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe told Sakal Times that her party chief Uddhav Thackeray has expressed satisfaction over the decision of complete loan waiver, minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce and implementation of recommendations made by Swaminathan Commission.
Gorhe said Shiv Sena being part of the government chose to stand with the farmers and boycotted the Cabinet meeting and arranged protests at several places. She said it is disheartening to know that many farmers lost their lives during the protest. She said the announcement of complete loan waiver was possible due to Shiv Sena’s firm stand after announcement of loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress leader Mohan Joshi claimed that the government’s announcement is the result of efforts by Congress and NCP and farmers’ organisations. He said it’s the success of Sangharsha Yatra taken out by NCP and Congress and Atmaklesha Yatra taken out by MP Raju Shetti. He said earlier the government had announced that loans will be waived off on October 31. He added that the government changed its decision following pressure from the Congress and farmers’ organisations.
Dr Ajit Navale, General Secretary of the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha, a farmers’ wing of CPM, who was part of the steering committee of farmers, said his organisation is not interested in claiming credit for the announcement due to the partial success.
FARM LOAN WAIVER
- Gorhe said Shiv Sena chose to stand with the farmers and boycotted the Cabinet meeting and arranged protests at several places.
- Congress leader Mohan Joshi claimed that the government’s announcement is the result of efforts by Congress and NCP and farmers’ organisations.