Maha ex­tends dead­line for loan waiver ap­pli­ca­tion

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

THE Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment on Thurs­day night ex­tended by a week the dead­line for farm­ers to ap­ply on­line for farm loan waivers.

The farm­ers can now sub­mit on­line ap­pli­ca­tions for farm loan waivers till Septem­ber 22 as against Septem­ber 15 ear­lier, an­nounced chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Twit­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to an offic er in the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice, the de­ci­sion will ben­e­fit around 44 lakh farm­ers who could not sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions by Septem­ber 14.

As per the of­fi­cial data, a to­tal of 98 lakh reg­is­tra­tions have been made and over 50 lakh ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived, so far.

The state gov­ern­ment had an­nounced a `34,000 crore crop loan waiver for the farm­ers in June this year.

The ‘Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj Krushi San­man Yo­jana’, aimed at ben­e­fit­ing about 89 lakh farm­ers.

The leader of the op­po­si­tion in the state’s As­sem­bly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the dead­line ex­ten­sion is a mere eye­wash.

“It ap­pears as if the gov­ern­ment wants to de­lay the dis­burse­ment of money to farm­ers. It’s been more than three months since the gov­ern­ment an­nounced the scheme, but no money has reached the farm­ers. We have been rais­ing sev­eral is­sues right from the be­gin­ning and the gov­ern­ment should have cor­rected the flaws in the sys­tem rather than just giv­ing a dead­line ex­ten­sion,” he said.

The Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) said the gov­ern­ment has had to ex­tend the dead­line be­cause on­line fil­ing of loan waiver ap­pli­ca­tions has proved to be a dud move.

“We saw how on­line pub­lish­ing of Mum­bai Univer­sity re­sults failed. The com­plete re­sults are still not out. The de­ci­sion to in­vite loan waiver ap­pli­ca­tions on­line too has failed. That’s why the dead­line has been ex­tended,” said NCP spokesper­son Nawab Ma­lik.

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