Free Press Journal
  • Maharashtra: Loan amount missing from some certificates of farmers

    Mumbai: While the BJP-led Maharashtra government today released Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of its Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme, some farmers have got certificates which do not mention the amount waived.

  • Maharashtra kick starts loan waiver

    Mumbai: A day before Laxmi puja, the State government released Rs 4,000 crore, of which Rs 3,200 crore will go towards repayment of loans of 462,000 farmers. The amount each farmer gets will vary and be determined by the loan he had availed of and the size of his land holding, etc.

  • Abysmal standards in pesticide use

    The devastating impact of agricultural pesticides on farmers, consumers and even unborn children, is being felt across the country. The Yavatmal mass poisoning, which has so far claimed the lives of 40 farmers, recalls the Kasargode tragedy in Kerala, where exposure of pregnant women to the highly toxic pesticide, Endosulfan, led to congenital deformities in their infants. It also recalls the ‘cancer express’ of Punjab, which carries victims of carcinogenic agro-chemicals to

  • Maharashtra govt backtracks on loan waiver promise before Diwali

    Mumbai: Finally, the farmers from the Maharashtra would get benefit of loan waiver from October 18. However, not all farmers will get relief from the Chhtrapati Shivaji Shetakari Sanman Yojana, as the loan waiver scheme will be implemented in four phases and it will take a month to complete the implementation of the scheme.

  • Maharashtra Pesticide poisoning: SIT set up to probe farmers’ deaths

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Friday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the death of farmers from Yavatmal district, suspected to be caused due to pesticide poisoning. A Government Resolution (GR) in this regard was issued on Friday. The divisional commissioner of Amravati will be heading the SIT, it said.

  • Bhopal: All farmers should register under Bhavantar scheme: CM

    Hoshangabad: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the progress of the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana and other government schemes through video-conferencing on Tuesday. He directed divisional commissioners and district collectors to ensure that all farmers get themselves registered under the Bhavantar scheme.

  • Pesticide poisoning in Maharashtra: State government announces Rs 2 lakh gratia to kin of deceased

    Mumbai: The state government has appointed a committee, headed by the additional chief secretary (ACS) Home, Sudhirkumar Srivastawa, to probe the death of farmers who died due to inhalation of pesticides. These deaths occurred from July to October 1, in Yeotmal district in Vidarbha.  The state announced Rs 2 lakh to the kin of farmers as ex-gratia amount from the Gopinath Munde Shetkari Apaghat Vima Yojana (Accidental Insurance Scheme).

  • Maharashtra farmers loan waiver: 23,000 applicants from Mumbai apply for loan waiver

    Mumbai: More than 14,000 farmers who have applied for the state’s Rs 32,020 crore loan waiver scheme are from outside Maharashtra and are touted to be fake. Interestingly, applicants from Mumbai island city are around 23,000 whereas only 1,600 farmers have applied for loan waiver from suburban city. V K Gautam, principal secretary of the Information and Technology (IT) department whose department is scrutinising applications, said that farmers who are residing in

  • Bhopal: Centre finds fault with state’s onion purchase policy

    Bhopal: The Central Government has reached to the conclusion that the state government had bungled while purchasing onions from the farmers at the rate of Rs 8 per kg. Not only was the price too high, but the quantity was also too much. According to the Centre, the state should have purchased onions at the rate of Rs 5.86 per kg and it would take factor in this price while calculating the

  • Raju Shetti opposes Maharashtra government’s decision to impose development tax on sugarcane farmers

    Mumbai: Farmers’ leader and MP Raju Shetti on Thursday opposed the Maharashtra government’s decision to impose Rs 50 area development tax or three per cent of the total purchase price per tonne of sugarcane from farmers.  The decision to collect the tax was taken at a meeting chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Wednesday.

  • Maharashtra’s loan waiver scheme to be applied from October 15

    Mumbai: Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar on Tuesday said the state government’s loan waiver scheme will be implemented from October 15. “Maharashtra government will transfer sanctioned loan amount to farmers’ accounts, who are eligible for waiver. The transfer of loan waiver amount will start from October 15,” Fundkar told PTI after holding a meeting of minister’s sub-committee for loan waiver.

  • Mumbai: Relief for citizens and farmers, onion traders call off their strike

    Nashik: In what will come as good news to both the farmers and citizens, with onion traders calling off their strike.  Some onion markets will open on Monday and others on Tuesday after hectic discussions between the collector and onion traders’ representatives on Sunday evening. The strike began from Thursday evening as income tax officials raided some onion merchants.

  • Maharashtra: Farmers get 7-day extension to apply for loan waiver

    Mumbai: Minister for Cooperatives Subhash Deshmukh has announced that farmers will be given seven more days as extension to submit their applications for loan waiver. The new deadline is September 22. He was speaking at a felicitation ceremony for farmers held under the aegis of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Farmers Felicitation scheme. The previous deadline for submiting the applications was September 15. These applications to be submitted online. Till now the state government