Published On : Sat, Dec 16th, 2017

Sena MLA leaves CM Fadnavis red-faced, claims he got Rs 37 lakh as loan waiver


Nagpur: An MLA from alliance partner, Shiv Sena, on Friday left chief minister Devendra Fadnavis red-faced after he claimed he was on the list of beneficiaries for the farm loan waiver scheme.

The embarrassment came a day after the chief minister had pointed to the former Congress-NCP government-appointed Kolhapur District Co-operative Bank for allegedly disbursing Rs 37 lakh into the account of a well-off family through its loan waiver scheme.

MLA Prakash Anandrao Abitkar raised doubts over the functioning of the state’s online payment system meant for smooth implementation of the loan waiver scheme.

Abitkar, a Sena MLA from Radhanagari in Kolhapur district, said, “I was stunned when I came to know my name was on the green list of beneficiaries.”

He said he was further shocked when he got to know the list contained the names of others who were not eligible too.
“The state information and technology (IT) department should be more vigilant while releasing money,” Abitkar said.
Though Abitkar said he had taken a loan from KDCB through Injubai Vikas Society, he said poor farmers were in distress and the loan waiver was intended to bring them relief.

As per the state government’s norms, members of the zilla parishad, municipal corporators, MLAs and MPs are not eligible for the loan waiver scheme. “I had not applied or registered my name anywhere to seek benefit under the loan waiver scheme. Apart from me, a school teacher, a state government employee and a retired principal are among those on the list,” he said.

Presiding officer Yogesh Sagar instructed the state government to take note of all issues raised through point of propriety and reply to the respective legislators within a specified period.

Water resources minister Girish Mahajan, on behalf of the government, made a statement in the house saying the loan waiver process would continue till the last farmer did not get the benefit. Referring to Abitkar’s revelation, Mahajan said technical errors, if any, would be rectified.