Pune: With the onset of monsoon, farmers loan disbursements for the Kharif season has been stuck. "The Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP's Mahavikas Aghadi government has taken the initiative to immediately start allocating of crop loans and complete the implementation of the debt waiver scheme. But they fail to do so, and to awake such state government, we the Bharatiya Janata Party will hold agitation across the state from Monday on giving debt waiver and crop loans," said Maharashtra BJP's president and MLA Chandrakant Patil on Sunday.
Patil said, "The monsoon is all set and the farming activities do not stop in the Coronavirus pandemic in the state. The state government's fertilizer and seeds on the dam scheme have been thwarted. The disbursement of crop loans has stuck. Therefore, BJP decided to agitate. The BJP has demanded that the state government should raise the loans on its own and give peak loans to farmers and complete the implementation of debt waiver that has been pending. The Party workers will stage protests in front of banks across the state. Also, the signatures of the farmers will be collected along with their statement which will be submitted to the Maharashtra state government. Proper care will be taken in pandemic during the protest."
He highlighted, "Over one lakh farmers cotton cultivated are lying in rest at their houses, the traders are forcing them to sell at low prices. Chana grain is in bulk quantity, which is about to spoil soon, still no buyers for it. There is no money earned for Kharif crops, penny amount for cotton, Tur dal and Chana. The farmers are unable to bear the expenses, as well as they are failing to pay the amount to labours working in the field, expenses of seeds and fertilizers is another big task for them mitigating their needs. The farmers are again mortgaging their jewellery and land to gain money."
BJP had staged an agitation on farmer's issues in February and then the state government had announced an incentive fund of Rs 50,000 in the budget for regular debt repayers.
He said, that the plight of farmers in the state has never been worse. Tur, gram and cotton are lying around. Loan waivers are on paper, and farmers seeking PIK loans are being insulted in the banks, which has left the farmers in a state of panic. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh for farmers. This is an incentive amount that was announced in the budget, but none of these statements have been implemented.
He said that unfortunately, CM Thackeray is not implementing the statement and the experience of farmers is not good. Farmers are affected by untimely rains, which are still pending, and they have also forgotten the announcement of Rs 50,000 for each fruit and flower farm. No immediate relief has been provided to the victims in the Konkan region too.