Published On : Fri, Jun 19th, 2015

Chief Minister to help farmers in reconciliation of old crop-loans

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“Taluka-level drive for crop-loans distribution to farmers on June 26; Fresh loan worth Rs 1073.10 crores to be distributed” — Guardian Minister Bawankule

Nagpur: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is soon going to take a decision at government level regarding reconciliation of Rs 378.35 crore loan obtained by 37,930 farmers from various units of  Shetkari Seva Sahakari Santha in Nagpur district, imformed Nagpur Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

He was addressing the leading banks and financial institutions during a meeting called at Ravi Bhavan here on June 19 for the purpose of distribution of seasonal crop-loans to farmers of the district.

Prominently present on the occasion included MP Krupal Tumane, MLA Sudhir Parve, MLA D Mallikarjun Reddy, district collector Sachin Kurve, chief executive officer Shivajirao Jondhale, district deputy registrar Satish Bhosale, district agricultural superintendent Dr Archana Kadu and representatives of nationalized banks among others.

Having spoken to the Chief Minister and the Principal Secretary (Cooepartive Department) on mobile phone, the Guardian Minister further said, there are old borrowers/ farmers in the district who had borrowed  crop-loans during year 2009-10; and as they are unable to repay their loans, a problem has cropped up before them in terms of obtaining fresh loans for the seasonal crops. And now, the problem would be sorted out by the Chief Minister, he assured.

He directed that banks should extend sympathetic cooperation to farmers to fulfill the target of loan-distribution this year; the directives issued by district administration be followed; and the local MLAs should personally supervise the loan-distribution programmes under their constituencies.

Taluka-level crop-loan distribution on June 26

District collector Sachin Kurve informed the Guardian Minister in the meeting that special camps for crop-loans distribution would be organised on June 26 in all talukas of the district, and the hurdles in distribution of loans would be sorted out. He assured the Guardian Minister that the target of loan-distribution for kharif and rabbi crops would be achieved  by June 30.

It was informed in the district deputy registrar’s report that the target of crop-loan distribution in year 2015-16 is Rs 1073.10 crores (Rs 841.50 crores for kharif and Rs 231.60 crores for rabbi).Out of this, the nationalized as well as the rural banks have already distributed Rs 307.82 crores to 30,654 member-farmers by June 16, 2015. The crop-loan-distribution target for year 2014-15 was Rs 1022 crores, out of which the nationalized as well as the rural banks had distributed Rs 863.55 crores to 70,767 member-farmers.

The meeting was told that a coordination committee had been constituted for ensuring crop-loan distribution in all 13 talukas of Nagpur district. The committee will be headed by Tahsildar with its members—taluka agriculture officer and local bank manager with joint registrar as its honorary secretary. The committee will supervise the taluka-level crop-distribution drive every Monday and Friday and ensure that all necessary documents including NOCs are made available to farmers for expediting the loan-distribution. The farmers will have facility to opt for crop-loan from the bank of their choice.

Also present in the meeting included the officials of leading district banks, such as, Mohan Mashankar, C Y Deshmukh, Asstt general manager (NABARD) Sudhir Dhanvijay, Manohar Deore, S D Kogade, Ramanuj Prasad, D V Nikose, Pradeep Ambarkhane, Mrs Parul Nandanwar, Dhiraj Khobragade, S W Susankar, Ramesh Ramteke and D V Banbole.