Mumbai: The state cabinet fulfilled demand of Maharashtra Kisan Sabha to include farmers between 2001 to 2009 in the loan waiver scheme. It will benefit an additional 4 lakh farmers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, the cabinet has decided to include farmers who were not included in loan waiver scheme in 2008 scheme of the Union government and in state government’s 2008 loan waiver scheme.
“Farmers who had taken agriculture loan from district cooperative and nationalised banks during 2001 to 2009 will get benefit of Chhatrapati Shivaji Shetkari Sanman Yojana,” said Fadnavis. He said there will be around four lakh farmers who will get benefit of this decision. He added, the exact figures of beneficiares is yet to calculate. The amount of loan waiver is also yet to calculate.
State government has disbursed more than Rs 15000 crore in account of more than 35 lakh beneficiary farmers. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led government announced its historic farm loan waiver scheme worth Rs 34,020 crore on June 22, 2017. The state has given extension for third time to apply to asel benefit of the scheme.
About 77 lakh farmers applied under the scheme in all, according to government numbers. Out of these, 55.02 lakh farmers were found to be eligible for receiving benefits of the scheme as per stated parameters. The government approved 45.52 lakh farmers as primary beneficiaries of the scheme.