Devendra Fadnavis Ready To Discuss Loan Waiver For Farmers With Opposition Leaders

NCP leader Ajit Pawar said the loan waiver scheme was time consuming and that the farmers' patience was being tested.

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Devendra Fadnavis Ready To Discuss Loan Waiver For Farmers With Opposition Leaders

Devendra Fadnavis was speaking in the legislative assembly after the Monsoon session. (File)

Mumbai:  Devendra Fadnavis has said his government was ready to discuss the loan waiver scheme for farmers with opposition Congress-NCP leaders. The Maharashtra Chief Minister was speaking in the Legislative Assembly after the Monsoon session began today.

Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP leader Ajit Pawar sought an explanation from the government about loan waiver announced for the cultivators.

"Loan of farmers should be waived immediately. The loan waiver scheme is time consuming and farmers' patience is being tested," said Mr Pawar.

To this, Mr Fadnavis replied, "Maharashtra government is ready to discuss loan waiver with opposition leaders. The opposition leaders should not forget that in supplementary demands, state government has asked for provision of Rs 20,000 crore, which we propose to use for the loan waiver scheme".

"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," Mr Fadnavis added.

Dissatisfied with the reply, the opposition MLAs staged a walk-out for a brief period.

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