CM Devendra Fadnavis to ensure loan waiver scheme with the help of a digital platform

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The Maharashtra government will ensure with the help of a digital platform that only needy farmers benefit from its loan waiver scheme, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said.

Fadnavis said his dispensation took the decision in view of ‘the big scam’ which occurred in Maharashtra after the then UPA government at the Centre wrote off debts in 2008, which, he said, deprived distressed peasants of the benefits intended for them.

The Maharashtra CM said the state government had formed a joint committee which would work out within a week, the conditions to ensure who should benefit from the waiver.

He suggested that farmers who were financially better off and professionals and government employees also into farming be left out of the scheme.

Fadnavis observed the waiver — announced on June 11 after a widespread farmers’ agitation — would further stress the debt-ridden state, as his government would require to raise Rs 25,000 crore or more for this.

“But it can be managed,” he said at a recent interaction organised by BJP’s ‘Good Governance’ department in Mumbai.

He said implementing the relief measure would “take some time” and added the government might create “some financing instrument” to tackle the situation after the waiver.