PUNE: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar demanded on Thursday that the government should announce a total loan waiver for the farmers in flood-affected areas of the State.
Pawar conducted a press conference against the background of flood in Maharashtra on Thursday. He said, “A complete loan waiver for farmers in the flood-ravaged Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra taking into account ‘unprecedented’ loss is caused to agriculture. BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the State should forthwith announce to waive farm loans of cultivators in these western Maharashtra districts.”
“These farmers, who are mostly sugarcane growers, have suffered major losses due to floods. Mitigating these losses will be very tough for the growers. They should get some relief from the State as well as Union government. Hundred per cent loan waiver should be given to these farmers,” said Pawar.
Pawar also blamed that lack of coordination between governing authorities was exposed during disaster management work.
“Usually, it was observed that the officials of state departments take up relief on a war footing. But this time, the case was different. They seem to have fallen short on dealing with the calamity,” he added.
NCP STOPS POLL RALLIES
Different political parties including NCP are organising rallies ahead of Assembly elections. Pawar said that the workers should stop holding such rallies and focus on the relief works. “The NCP too took out rallies but it was mostly in the rain scarcity areas. No rally was planned in the area, which is suffering from heavy showers. Even then the party will stop conducting the rallies, till the disaster like situation improves,” he said.
He also took a dig at the BJP leadership in State and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not stopping the rallies. “I would not like to make political comments on the floods. But those leaders, who have the responsibility to deal with the situation, should be on the ground and coordinate the relief operations,” he said.