Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis says 36 lakh farmers will benefit from loan waiver plan

In June, after facing days of protests from farmers, the Maharashtra government announced a loan waiver to farmers with less than five acres of land. The decision was reportedly taken at a four-hour meeting at Sahyadri Guest House in Malabar Hill, Mumbai attended by ministers and farmer leaders.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis later said that Rs 34,000 crore debt relief would be given to financially distressed farmers and the BJP-led government would see debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer being written off.

Three weeks on, Fadnavis took to Twitter to announce that 36 lakh people will benefit from the loan waiver under the Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Samman Yojna. According to the list posted by Fadnavis, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Beed in Marathwada will benefit most from the loan waiver.

District Total farmers benefited
Ahmednagar 2,00,869
Aurangabad 1,47,322
Buldhana 2,49,818
Gadchiroli 29,128
Jalgaon 1,14,320
Latur 80,473
Nagpur 84,645
Nashik 1,36,569
Parbhani 1,63.760
Ratnagiri 41,261
Sindhudurg 24,447
Washim 45,417
Akola 1,11,625
Beed 2,08,480
Chandrapur 99,742
Gondia 68,290
Jalna 1,96,463
Mumbai City 694
Nanded 1,56,849
Osmanabad 74,420
Pune 1,83,209
Sangli 89,865
Solapur 1,08,533
Yavatmal 2,42,451
Amravati 1,72,760
Bhandara 42,872
Dhule 75,174
Hingoli 55,165
Kolhapur 80,144
Mumbai Suburb 111
Nandurbar 33,556
Palghar 918
Raigad 10,809
Satara 76,018
Thane 23,505

Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had stated that the Maharashtra government will come out with a loan waiver for farmers before 31 October and alleged that some political leaders were milking the ongoing agitation.

"Before 31 October, the distressed farmers who need help will be given a loan waiver. The modalities are being worked out and I can say with conviction that this will be the biggest loan waiver in Maharashtra's history," Fadnavis had told reporters after a meeting on urban development with Union minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 11:27:48 IST