Maha extends deadline for loan waiver application
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.