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The Congress said that as many as 50 lakh farmers have been excluded from the ambitious loan waiver scheme worth Rs 34,000 crore announced by the Maharashtra government last year.
Front page images of the blistered, bleeding feet of women who had faced the blazing heat with broken footwear left an indelible mark on those who had no idea what rural poverty was like.
The farmers of the Cauvery delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam were disappointed after the State Budget was presented on Thursday with no schemes in place for loan waivers.
An extensive traffic diversion was laid out in Bhiwandi on Saturday, due to the protest led by more than 20,000 farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), who are on their way to Mumbai.
The budget for 2018-19, presented by Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar in the Assembly, has an estimated revenue deficit of Rs 15,374 crore.
The Protest led by more than 20,000 farmers has currently reached Shahapur in Thane district, which is around 73 Km away from Mumbai.
The CM announced a Rs 8,000-crore loan waiver for farmers, Rs 650 crore tax relief and Rs 44,135 crore expenditure on social and community schemes.
The chief minister also announced free travel for people above 80 years of age and one attendee on half fare in the state roadways buses.
It has been decided to exclude government employees and retired pensioners who pay income tax from the scheme to ensure that the poorest of the poor get its benefit.
Amarinder Singh today lambasted the Akalis over their demand for a Rs 90,000 crore farm loan waiver, saying they were the ones responsible for pushing the farmers into debt.
The Congress spokesperson BJP had promised to give farmers 50 per cent plus MSP but is now dithering from doing so, even after four years in power.
The Maharashtra government today made allocations worth Rs 14,240 crore for the farm loan waiver scheme and for repayment to farmers whose produce was purchased by the state.
Since 1995, more than three lakh farmers have committed suicide in India.
The combined fiscal deficit of five states— Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka—which had announced farm loan waiver programmes, could widen by Rs 1,07,700 crore or 0.65 per ce
He demanded an inquiry into this erroneous inclusion since rules bar any current or former elected representative from getting benefit under the scheme.