Mumbai, June 22: As Maharashtra farmers have been constantly on strike with a demand to waive their loans off and increase their output. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to the bankers to start disbursing Rs 10,000 as initial loans to needy farmers.
“The state government is in a financially sound condition. Therefore, banks must help farmers at this juncture. We will reimburse you with interest as soon as your proposals come to us,” Fadnavis assured the bankers. The government had assured this amount as an initial loan to calm agitating farmers.
While addressing the bankers during the meet, CM Fadnavis said that ‘Rs 10,000 is a very small amount. But it will help farmers to start their season. The decision is aimed at helping farmers in crisis. Therefore, banks must come forward to implement the decision,” said Fadnavis.
The Maharashtra government had issued a government resolution (GR) for disbursement of the initial loans to needy farmers. According to this GR, farmers who have failed to repay their loan would be entitled for Rs 10,000. For this, they need to file an affidavit with banks about their eligibility. Farmers from many districts approached banks with their affidavits after the GR was published. But, banks refused to disburse the loans.
While the 16 district cooperative banks wrote to the state’s cooperative department expressing lack of funds, private and nationalized banks among others didn’t follow the orders.
Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar, Cooperative Minister Subhash Deshmukh, Minister of State for Finance Deepak Kesarkar, State level bankers Association Chairman Ravindra Marathe and all senior officers from government were present.