Maharashtra govt announces loan waiver for farmers

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Farmers in Maharashtra called off their planned protest as the state government announced its decision to waive their loans on Sunday.”The government promised loan waiver and fulfillment of other demands. If they fail, we will again agitate from July 25,” famer leader Raju Shetti told ANI.Agitating farmers had met with the special panel of ministers constituted by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier in the day to hold talks and find solutions for the agrarian crisis.

Farmers in Maharashtra have been striking for the last 11 days. They had threatened to intensify the agitation from June 12 onwards if their demands were not met.
The farmers pressed the state government for a complete waiver of farm loans, free electricity, appropriate remunerative prices for their produce, grants for irrigation, pension for farmers who are 60 years and above, and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee. Last week, over half a million farmers across Maharashtra, barring the coastal Konkan, had resorted to an unprecedented strike, which was marred by several violent incidents.

Following a round of talks between farmers and CM Fadnavis on June 3, the state government had assured that loans of small land-owning farmers will be waived by October 31. The government had also agreed to waive off penalty and interest on power dues.