Dig­i­tal plat­form helped Mah save Rs 12k cr in farm loan waiver: CM

■ The dig­i­tal plat­form helped elim­i­nate bo­gus claimants, says Fad­navis

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MUM­BAI, Jan 13 (PTI)

MA­HA­RASH­TRA has man­aged to save Rs 12,000 crore in farm loan waiver alone by adopt­ing a dig­i­tal plat­form that helped elim­i­nate bo­gus claimants, Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis said here on Sun­day.

The State had, in June 2017, an­nounced a farm loan waiver worth Rs 34,022 crore amid ris­ing in­ci­dents of farmer sui­cides due to crop fail­ures or fall­ing prices and ris­ing in­put costs.

The scheme made each farmer with a debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh el­i­gi­ble for the write-off. Ma­ha­rash­tra was fol­low­ing other States like UP, Kar­nataka, Andhra Pradesh among oth­ers.

“Our farm loan waiver scheme was ex­e­cuted on a dig­i­tal plat­form and by that we could save Rs 12,000 crore just be­cause of dig­i­tal in­ter­ven­tion. Had it been the reg­u­lar way, we would have ended up pay­ing Rs 12,000 crore more to the peo­ple and that is the power of digi­ti­sa­tion,” he said at an in­dus­try event or­gan­ised by cor­po­rate lobby CII, with­out of­fer­ing any de­tails.

He fur­ther said the State is launch­ing a pro­gramme which is a vir­tual life cy­cle man­age­ment for ev­ery farmer.

“From sow­ing to har­vest­ing, ev­ery­thing will be man­aged through a dig­i­tal plat­form and that will give ad­van­tage to farm­ers to make this sec­tor more sus­tain­able, pre­dictable,” he said, adding it will be launched on Mon­day. Fad­navis fur­ther said the State has col­lab­o­rated with the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum for Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion and has started pi­lot project to in­tro­duce drones in agri­cul­ture.

“We are try­ing to make agri­cul­ture more pre­ci­sion-ori­ented so that we bring down the cost, make it pre­dictable and con­nect farm­ers directly to tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

The State aims to cover all the vil­lages un­der its broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity pro­gramme by the end of this year.

“As part of Bharat Net, we have started our Maha Net, which has al­ready reached out to 60 per cent of our tar­geted vil­lages and by the end of this year we will be reach­ing rest of the vil­lages. Hope­fully our fi­bre will reach ev­ery sin­gle vil­lage. And with this ro­bust con­nec­tiv­ity, we will em­power ev­ery sin­gle cit­i­zen to lever­age on dig­i­tal gov­er­nance and dig­i­tal econ­omy,” he said. He fur­ther said his Gov­ern­ment’s Aple Sarkar Ser­vice Ken­dra has also pro­vided In­ter­net ac­cess to vil­lages.

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