Munde slams Fadnavis over loan waiver remark; din in Council

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"But the Congress-NCP government had given only Rs 7,000 crore, but after the loan waiver in 2009, the number of farmers suicides is increasing drastically". Only BJP and Shiv Sena can ask for loan waiver.

Both Houses of the state legislature were adjourned for the day as opposition parties demanded an immediate waiver.

Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured the Maharashtra Assembly that a state government delegation will be meeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh for assistance in the agriculture sector.

Mr. Vikhe-Patil criticised the Chief Minister's statement saying it is misleading and the government is interested in waiving off loans of industrialists. "Since the loan waiver of 2008-09, as many as 16,000 farmers have committed suicide".

Under pressure to announce a farm loan waiver, the Maharashtra government is looking at ways to boost agricultural output, help cultivators come out of debt trap and transfer subsidy directly in their bank accounts.

"Today, 30,500 crore loan by 31 lakh farmers is overdue in Maharashtra".

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Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde said by not making a statement in the Council over the loan waiver issue, the Chief Minister had shown disrespect to the Upper House.

In comparison, the government is spending Rs 19,434 in agriculture, Rs 2,000 crore for insurance, Rs 8,000 crore as compensation for natural calamities and Rs 1,500 for various agro-related schemes. He said that if loan waiver is announced, the Government will have no money for investment in agriculture sector. He had also accused Opposition Congress-NCP of shedding "crocodile tears" over the plight of farmers. If any other party wishes to join us, we welcome them.

"We are per se not opposed to farm loan waiver".

He asserted that a crop loan waiver will not help stop suicides by farmers.

Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Jayant Patil has dismissed a proposal by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to form a delegation comprising leaders from Opposition to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for seeking package for farmers.

Leader of the Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said Opposition members have been demanding loan waiver since the Budget session began. "We are not against loan waiver but we are deliberating on when and how it should be done", Fadnavis said. Earlier, as soon as the House assembled for the day and Speaker called for the Question Hour, Shiv Sena legislators entered the Well of the House shouting slogans demanding loan waiver for farmers. "But their concern is to cover up the corruption in the banks by infusing more funds availed through crop loan", he said. "We demand that CM should seek appointment with the Centre and ensure some financial assistance to farmers".

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