Mumbai, June 26: On Sunday the Maharashtra farmers committee rejected the Rs.34,000 Crore loan waiver which was announced by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The committee termed the loan waiver as ‘incomplete’ and warned saying that if the demands are not fulfilled by today then willcarry out protest again.
“The government's offer is unacceptable as it does not offer a total loan waiver. It will not stop farmers' suicide. Also the government made no mention of Prof M S Swaminathan's recommendations," said Raghunath Patil”, a farm leader. They have also stressed implementing recommendation of Swaminathan Commission that has suggested 50% minimum support price (MSP) for crops over and above input cost. The committee has also decided to start Sangharsh Yatra from July 9 to July 23 to create awareness against the injustice to the farmers.
Committee members pointed out those farmers' loans from commercial banks amount to Rs 43,000 Crore and Rs 34,000 Crore from co-operative banks, but the government had only announced a waiver of Rs 34,000 Crore.
Earlier the Chief Minister had announced the loan waiver of Rs.34,000 for the farmers which would have benefitted around more than 89 lakh farmers. Also CM had urged employees of government to help farmers by contributing them through salary.
Farmers in Maharashtra launched an unprecedented stir on June 1 which has affected the supply of milk and vegetables in major urban Centres including Mumbai. While refraining from selling their agricultural produce in many parts of the state, the cultivators took to the streets to disrupt the movement of vehicles carrying farm produce to cities.