Farm­ers to Re­sume Protests

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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Mum­bai: More than two months after the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment an­nounced a loan waiver, the is­sue re­fuses to die as farmer groups have claimed that it is in­suf­fi­cient and have called for yet an­other ag­i­ta­tion. A steer­ing com­mit­tee com­pris­ing most of the state’s farm­ers unit has de­clared that farm­ers will block all roads and high­ways in the state. “The loan waiver an­nounced by the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment is not help­ing farm­ers. In fact, even now farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cides as they are un­able to pay off their loans. We have de­cided to block the road­son Mon­day,”said Nawale, one of the mem­bers of the steer­ing com­mit­tee. The state gov­ern­ment has al­ready given a .₹ 34,000 -crore waiver pack­age to farm­ers in June.

The waiver, how­ever, came with rid­er­sas it was only meant for those who had taken a loan of up to .₹ 1.50 lakh. Ma­ha­rash­tra chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis said the fis­cal sit­u­a­tion of the state would not make it pos­si­ble for giv­ing a big­ger loan waiver pack­age. The farm­ers groups are, how­ever, de­mand­ing that the state do more. “If the state does not have money, then let the Cen­tre pay for it,” said Nawale to ET. While BJP lead­ers claimed that the loan waiver pack­age an­nounced by the state has helped most farm­ers and that the pro­posed stir does not have the sup­port of most farm­ers, how­ever, the re­cent protest in Mum­bai by the Maratha com­mu­nity gave a dif­fer­ent pic­ture.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee com­pris­ing most of the state’s farm­ers unit has de­clared that farm­ers will block all roads and high­ways

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