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Maha govt justifies online application process for farm loan

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

The government today justified the process of inviting applications online for farm loan waiver, saying it is designed to ensure only the poor and needy get benefits of the scheme.

The BJP-led state government had in June last year launched a scheme to provide Rs 34,000 crore relief to 89 lakh financially distressed farmers.

The opposition and recently alleged that even after a year, the promise of providing to 89 lakh farmers was yet to be fulfilled.

Replying to a debate on farmers' issues in the Legislative Assembly, state Co-Operation Subhash Deshmukh said the figure of Rs 34,000 crore for waiving of 89 lakh farmers was provided previously by the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC).

"We wanted to ensure that only the poor and needy farmers get help of the scheme," he said.

Justifying the of availing the scheme, he said, "As many as 77 lakh farmers applied online for loan and after the scrutiny, 69 lakh of them were found eligible," the said.

The scheme, called as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana, will continue till all the needy farmers get its benefit, he assured.

Deshmukh claimed that in 2008 (during the previous Congress-government), Rs 153 crore loan was given to 6.25 lakh non-eligible farmers.

Around 4.2 lakh farmershad produced fake certificates to claim the benefit, he said, adding that nearly 39 per cent (or nine lakh) farmers, who were eligible, could not avail the loan waiver in 2008.

The present BJP-led government saved Rs 998 crore by starting the and inviting applications directly from farmers, Deshmukh said.

Pointing towards the opposition and members, he alleged that the district cooperative banks run by leaders of the two parties had not recovered given to some sugar and spinning mills.

"If they had done so, farmers could have got loans," he claimed.

Meanwhile, the also said that crop worth Rs 14,000 crore were disbursed to 20 lakh farmersin the last three months.

The government would soon introduce a law, making it mandatory that farmers do not get less price than the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce, he said.

Deshmukh also informed the House that 88 per cent tur (a pulse), which amounts to 33.67 per cent of the total produce has been procured.

A grant of Rs 1,000 per quintal was being given for unprocured tur, he said.

The Centre's decision to provide the MSP, which was 1.5 times higher than the production cost, proved that all announcements made for farmers were being implemented, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 15:40 IST