New Delhi: The Jharkhand government on Thursday waived farm loans of up to Rs 50,000, benefitting around nine lakh farmers of the state. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting of the Hemant Soren government on Wednesday, partly fulfilling the promise made by the ruling coalition ahead of the 2019 assembly elections.Also Read - Handy Travel Guide for Jharkhand - Check Out These Stunning Places on Your Next Vacay
The government said that an allocation of Rs 2,000 crore has been made in the current financial year for the waiver. The ruling coalition had promised to waive farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh, ahead of the assembly elections last year, if voted to power. Also Read - Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren-Led Delegation Meets Home Minister Amit Shah, Demands Caste Census
Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon of Congress told PTI that his government has decided to give the benefit of loan waiver to marginal farmers at first, and in the second and third phases, the government will try to waive loans up to Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively. Also Read - Jharkhand Unlock: Govt Releases Guidelines For Durga Puja Celebrations, Allows Schools To Reopen For These Classes | Details here
Farmers who have availed farm loans of up to Rs 50,000 from any bank until March 31, 2020, will be eligible for the waiver, officials said.
It has also been decided that under the scheme the loan of only one person from a family will be waived, they said.
The farmers who apply for the loan waiver would be charged a service fee of Re 1. The waiver amount will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the farmers, they said.
Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said that around 9 lakh farmers in the state will be benefitted from this decision.
JMM’s spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said the decision to waive farm loans got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, by making the decision ahead of the first anniversary of the Hemant Soren government, the intention to help farmers has been made clear, he added.
(With PTI inputs)