Mumbai : After the state government did not pay heed to the demand for complete farm loan waiver, the principal opposition parties, the Congress and the NCP, have now raised the issue with the Governor. A delegation of senior leader from both the parties met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and requested him to direct the state government to announce complete farm loan waiver.
The delegation, comprising leader of opposition in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of opposition in the legislative council Dhananjay Munde, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, former deputy chief ministers Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP state unit president MLC Sunil Tatkare and MLC Manikrao Thakre, appraised the governor about the grim condition of drought-affected farmers across the state.
The delegation pointed out that ever increasing burden of loans coupled with negative mindset that is setting in is forcing the farmers to take extreme steps and committing suicide. The government is focused only on long term measures and is ignoring concrete immediate measures, they said.
This has led to as many as 3,107 farmers committing suicide in the last year, the delegation said, and feared that the condition is likely to worsen in view of denial of farm loan waiver.