Maha Assembly witnesses ruckus over farm loan waiver

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Mumbai: The first day of the state Assembly witnessed a noisy start on Monday as the opposition BJP accused the Shiv Sena-led state government of not fulfilling the assurances made to farmers and failing to check the rising crimes against women.

Raising the issue in the Assembly, the leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis insisted a discussion on the issue of farmers “not getting” benefits of the loan waiver scheme.
He alleged that there is no clarity on relief to farmers. “Only 20,000 farmers are beneficiaries of loan waiver. There needs to be a discussion on this,” the former chief minister, Fadnavis said.

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The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government write off farmers’ debts completely and also provide them financial assistance of Rs 25,000 per hectare for crop damage. “There are nearly 34 lakh farmers (eligible for seeking loan waiver), but a list of potential beneficiaries of some 20,000 cultivators is put out today. We condemn this selectiveness of the state government,” BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said.

Fadnavis said the MVA government has “failed” to protect women in the state. “The rising number of assaults, in which some women even lost their lives, are serious and cannot be ignored,” he said. The BJP and its supported members then came into the well of the House and shouted slogans against the Uddhav Thackeray government.

In state legislative council, the Leader of Opposition, Pravin Darekar also criticised the government over the issues being faced by farmers and the rising crimes against women. “We are going to corner the state government over the issues of farmers’ plight and women’s safety,” he said. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier said the

state government on Monday released the first list of beneficiaries of farmers loan waiving.