Ensure there are no complaints from Maharashtra farmers about not getting crop loans, Uddhav Thackeray tells officials

Uddhav Thackeray has asked state agriculture minister Dadaji Bhuse and co-operation minister Balasaheb Patil to ensure proper disbursement of crop loans.

FP Staff June 08, 2020 23:15:41 IST
Ensure there are no complaints from Maharashtra farmers about not getting crop loans, Uddhav Thackeray tells officials

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the state administration to ensure proper disbursement of crop loans. He said that there "should not be any complaints" from farmers about not getting loans, according to a report.

According to ABP Live, Thackeray made these statements during a video conference which was attended by state agriculture minister Dadaji Bhuse and co-operation minister Balasaheb Patil.

The administration should issue directions, especially to nationalised banks, to ensure that farmers get crop loans as early as possible, the chief minister is reported to have said.

The report also quoted Principal Secretary Abha Shukla as saying that till now, crops loans worth Rs 6,250 crore have been disbursed by district co-operative banks and Rs 2,300 crore has been distributed by nationalised banks till now.

Ensure there are no complaints from Maharashtra farmers about not getting crop loans Uddhav Thackeray tells officials

File image of Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

These directives come close on the heels of a Firstpost report which stated that over 11 lakh farmers are yet to get crop loans as they are yet to receive a loan waiver. Banks need to receive the farm loan waiver amount from the government, after which they can issue fresh loans to account holders.

The 11 lakh farmers are supposed to get a waiver of Rs 8,200 crore, according to Balasaheb Patil, cooperative minister in the Maharashtra government.

The state government, in a circular on 22 May, had directed banks to extend crop loans to farmers who are eligible for the waiver but have not received it yet. The banks should mark their amount as 'to be received from the state government', the circular said.

"The revenue of the state has dried up due to the pandemic. And the available resources have been concentrated on dealing with it. Therefore, it would not be immediately possible to release the remaining money for the loan waiver," the circular had said.

However, the Firstpost report points out that nationalised and co-operative banks are not answerable to the state government. It quotes a bank manager as saying that the banks require directives from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for any such purpose.

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