Farmers organisations to meet in Delhi, discuss issues regarding recent protests

The state government has chose to waive farm loans worth Rs 30,000 crore of small and marginal farmers, The Economic Times reported.

The funds in proportion to the amount of loan waiver should be provided to banks soon after the passage of budget for 2017-2018 fiscal and certificates of waiver should be distributed among 86 lakh beneficiaries, he told a high-level meeting for implementing waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers.

"Our issues have been resolved".

According to a Times of India report, farmers in Maharashtra have been protesting for the last 11 days demanding free electricity, a complete waiver of farm loans, grants for irrigation, appropriate remunerative prices for produce, pension for farmers above the age of 60 years and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee.

"We will go for talks tomorrow. However, if no satisfactory decision is taken (on the criterion for loan waiver) by July 25, we will restart our stir", Shetti said.

Agro-economist Giridhar Patil, Shetkari Sanghatana leader Anil Ghanvat, and farmers leaders Budhajirao Mulik and Ramchandra Patil were among those who stayed away, besides Bachhu Kadu who was absent due to some prior commitments.

He further said that the farming sector under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been growing well.

The meeting comprised revenue minister Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Subhash Deshmukh, Pandurang Sondkar, Diwakar Raote and farmer leaders Raju Shetti, Raghunath Dada Patil, MLA Bacchu Kadhu, Ajit Navale, MLC Jain Patil, retired judge BG Patil and Giridhar Patil.

Fadnavis had held a late night meeting and ensured withdrawal of the strike, but it emerged that some of the farmers' leaders who were part of the talks with him in Mumbai, were close to BJP and RSS.

The Minister accused the Congress Party of using the farmers' agitation for political gains.

Fadnavis, who earlier this week announced that the "biggest' loan waiver in state history was coming by October 31, had on Friday set up the ministerial group to resolve the famers issues".

  • Leroy Wright