Shirdi, June 2: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chaired a 135th State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) meeting on Thursday, where he approved credit plan for 2017-18 which includes crop loan of Rs 54,220 Crore and a term loan of Rs 3000 Crore. “Crop loan is Rs 3500 Crore more than last year”, said CM.
CM Fadnavis directs for a solution within 7days for districts where farmers are facing DCC (District Cooperative Central) Bank liquidity issues and will have a more focus on the area where farmers are found distressing. After the meeting, while talking to media CM informed that they are open for discussion and positive on all issues raised by farmer leaders.
The government is working for farmers. It is a 1st time that state got 12.5% growth rate in agriculture. Farmers are taking three crops a year because of ‘Jal Yukt Shivar yojana’, informed CM Fadnavis. He even said “We are giving the better market to farmers, for processing units, group farming and also requested for an extension to Tur purchase up to 15th June.
CM Fadnavis highlighted that “We are also enacting a law to make agriculture produce purchased below MSP (Minimum support Prize), a punishable offense. Bill to be tabled in coming monsoon session”.
Even though of such initiative taken by the CM Fadnavis, the farmers continue their strike on the second day, demanding crop loan waivers and better procurement prices. Farmers of Shirdi on their strike’s second day continue to pour liters of milk down the road, as on Thursday they spilled off two milk tankers as a sign of protest.
Right now, the farmers have been enacted under Section 144 as reports have emerged of clashes. The police had arrested the people at large number.
Demanding loan waives off, farmers from various districts of Maharashtra is on strike from Thursday. The demand came after they worried over falling prices of agriculture produce and other related issues. After failing to have talks with the Maharashtra government, the farmers on strike warned about not to perform any agricultural activity as well as sowing for the upcoming Kharif season.
Some of the representatives of a state-level coordination committee of various farmers outfit Kisan Kranti Morcha, on Tuesday had a discussion session on the loan issues with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence in Mumbai, but the discussion was unsuccessful as the farmers refused to postpone their agitation.
Previously, around 2,000 farmers across 40 villages in districts of Ahmednagar, Nashik, and Aurangabad who mobilized support from various gram panchayats had declared that they won’t be selling any farm products in the market.
This farmers strike can directly affect the nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune where they can face a shortage of vegetables, fruits, etc. Even the farmers of Nashik will not supply farm products to Gujarat.
Concern about the shortage of vegetables or fruits, one of the vendors said "The supply of vegetables and fruits in the market today is not sufficient. The buyers are going to suffer including us because we are the daily earner. There were chances that this will continue for some days as the farmers are demanding to waive off the loan”.
Citing the example of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who waived off the farmer's loan in the state, another vendor said "Our state government should also waive off the farmers' loans like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath did in the state. As the stock and supply of vegetables and fruits are less than this will automatically lead to hike in the prices based on demand".