Vidarbha, Marathwada should get special waiver package: Kupekar

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Nagpur, Mar 3 (UNI) Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar said the government should implement a special loan waiver package for farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of the State.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Mr Kupekar said the loan waiver for marginal and small farmers (holding 0-5 acres) would not benefit too many cultivators in the two regions. The government must hike the ceiling for getting the benefit of waiver to at least ten acres in Vidarbha and Marathwada, he added.

''I will meet Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar in this regard soon and discuss the issue with him,'' Mr Kupekar said.

Farmers were unwilling to reveal the names of private money lenders to the police because they apprehended that this might unable them to borrow money the next time they needed it, he added.

Farmers should, therefore, inform the names in confidence to the government, the Speaker said, adding that he would issue the necessary instructions to the Home Department.

He also advised the farmers not to borrow money merely to celebrate a festival on a large scale.

Replying to questions, Mr Kupekar said Nagpur would continue to host the winter session of the State legislature. The idea of holding the monsoon session in Nagpur had been mooted some time ago, and discussed informally, he added.

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