The Uttar Pradesh
government on Wednesday said it has disbursed Rs 7,371 crore to waive loans
of 11.93 lakh small and marginal farmers
in the first phase of implementation of the debt waiver scheme.
The state government has announced a Rs 32,000-crore scheme to waive farm loans
of up to Rs 1 lakh by lending institution as on or before March 31, 2016.
The state government in a release said farm loans
of Rs 10,000 and above have been waived benefiting 11,27,890 farmers.
As many as 41,690 farmers
have benefited from waiver of loans
between Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000. The number of farmers
who have been given redemption in the Rs 500 to Rs 1000 bracket are 5,553, the release said.
The release said that loans
of Re 1 to Rs 100 of 4,814 eligible farmers
have been redeemed while 6,895 farmers
have been redeemed of money from Rs 100 to Rs 500.
"Where the principal amount has been repaid by the farmer, the interest amount, even if small, has been redeemed under the scheme. In some cases, a wrong impression has been created that only a meagre amount has been redeemed," a state government spokesperson said.