If farmer commits suicide, bankers to be charged with ‘culpable homicide’

Pune: Taking serious note of massive deficits in crop loan targets, a Maharashtra farm panel on Tuesday warned banks that if any farmer commits suicide, the concerned officer shall be charged with ‘culpable homicide’.

Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalambi Mission (VNSSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari told top bankers at a review meeting with the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) to clear their set crop loan targets by August 30 for the current Kharif season. This year, the state has set a target of total Rs 43,873 crore as Kharif crop loans to the farmers, of which PSBs will give Rs 24,253 crore, district cooperative banks Rs 13,193 crore and the rest shall be disbursed by by private or rural banks, he explained.

“We were shocked to learn that the public sector banks have disbursed hardly 30 percent and the district cooperative banks disbursed around 63 percent of the crop loan targets for the current Kharif season 2018-19,” Tiwari told IANS after the meeting.

He asked the SLBC to clear the Maharashtra government’s plans to extend fresh crop loans to farmers as the state wants to bring around 80 percent debt-trapped farmers under the banking system to arrest suicides in 14 worst-affected districts.

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