The farm loan waiver demand came before the Indian law-makers in 2006 as distressed dry land farmers were committing suicides due to mounting debts and forceful recoveries by private moneylenders. The farmers were, however, shocked when Rs.71,000 crore mega loan waiver was announced at national level, but was applicable for only those farmers who possessed at least two hectares of land.
This kept most of dying Vidarbha farmers out of farm loan waiver net in 2008. Hence, in 2010 Maharashtra announced extended farm loan waiver of Rs.11, 000 crore to cover distressed farmers but even after that fresh crop loan was not made available to Vidarbha farmers.
Now CAG has exposed truth that bankers selected ineligible farmers and major portion of farm loan waiver was siphoned off between bank officials, politicians and so-called distressed farmers, which is a serious criminal offence. “So, we are pressing for national commission of enquiry,” Tiwari urged.
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