C Times, 24 July 2017, Agartala
Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief Minister on Monday said his government was ready to discuss the loan waiver scheme for farmers with opposition Congress NCP leaders. He was speaking in the Legislative assembly after the Monsoon session began on Monday.
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, leader of Opposition and NCP leader Ajit Pawar sought an explanation from the government about loan waiver announced for the cultivators.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “Loan of the farmer should be waived immediately. The loan waiver scheme is time consuming and farmers’ patience is being tested.”
“Maharashtra government is ready to discuss loan waiver with opposition leaders. The opposition leaders should not forget that in supplementary demands, the state government has asked for provision of Rs 20 thousand crores, which we propose to use for the loan waiver scheme”, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis replied to Pawar.
Devendra Fadnavis also added, “There will be no time limit for such discussion. It can stretch for long hours but the state government will discuss the issue with opposition”. Dissatisfied with the reply, the opposition MLAs staged a walk-out for a brief period.