Mumbai: In spite of the lockdown, about 27.38 lakh of the overall 32.90 lakh farmers benefitted under the Maha Vikas Aghadi government’s much driven Mahatma Jotirao Phule Debt Waiver Scheme. Of Rs 21,467 crore, the state government has stored Rs 17,646 crore into the loan account of eligible farmers on the list.

A Cooperation Department official said that of Rs 17,646 crore, Rs 11,993 crore was given to 19 lakh account holders in 2019-20. Amid the current monetary, Rs 5,653 crore was deposited in the accounts of 5.48 lakh farmers. The remaining 5.52 lakh account holders are expected to advantage beneath the scheme after completion of their certification and the sum will be credited to their loan account.

Minister of Cooperation Balasaheb Patil said that the State Government had declared the debt waiver scheme in December last year. The Government had planned to complete the scheme by May end. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the across the country lockdown, it was not conceivable. In spite of monetary limitations, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar affirmed Rs 8,100 crore so that 11 lakh farmers can benefit. He informed that Rs 5,653 crore was deposited into the loan accounts of 5.48 lakh farmers qualified under the scheme whereas the balance Rs 2,447 crore will be deposited by July end.

Patil said almost 83% of the overall qualified account holders have benefitted under the scheme. These farmers were entitled for fresh loan within the kharif season. Thackeray, who surveyed the usage of the debt waiver scheme has directed the participation office and the district administration to pay satisfactory consideration so that the remaining farmers can benefit at the earliest.

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“The implementation of the debt waiver scheme was impacted due to the Election Code of Conduct after the announcement of elections in some districts in March and also because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the implementation has gathered momentum,” he noted.