Union govt working on proposal for farmers deprived of loan waiver

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Pune, Aug 31 (UNI) The Union government is working on a proposal for the welfare of farmers, who were deprived of the benefits of the Rs 71,000 crore loan waiver package, announced in the central budget, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said here today.

Addressing the 49th Convention of Grapes Growing Association of Maharashtra here today, Mr Pawar said that the Union government is collecting the data from state government and decision will be taken in this regard soon. He urged the state government and banks to help the Union government in implementing the scheme.

Those farmers, who are paying their loan amounts regularly, will get additional benefits in the future, Mr Pawar assured.

The Rs 71,000 crore loan waiver scheme, announced by the Union government in this year's budget included only for the marginal farmers, who own land of not more than five acres. But the centre is also planning to help the bigger farmers.

Meanwhile, Mr Pawar refused to make any comments on the issue of former state minister Dharmarao Atram, who was arrested by the forest officials here yesterday in the chinkara poaching case.

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