Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr. 4 (ANI): Hailing the Uttar Pradesh Government's decision to waive off farmers loans worth Rs. 30,279 crore, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has proved that announcements made during election rallies are not merely jumlas.
Thackeray said that fulfilling the promises made during elections in the first Cabinet meeting is a matter of pride.
Expressing happiness over the decision giving a sigh of relief to the Uttar Pradesh farmers, Thackeray urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to adopt the same approach and bring about a smile on the faces of the farmers of the state as well.
Keeping up to its poll promise made during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Uttar Pradesh Government on Tuesday waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state.
The decision will be benefitting 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state.
Along with this, the government has also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of eight lakh farmers.
"Uttar Pradesh has 2, 30,00,000 farmers. We have waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore loan amount of the farmers," Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told the media here.
Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said that the government has decided to keep a target of 80 lakh tonnes of wheat purchase.
"All the district Magistrates (DMs) have been instructed to purchase more where there is more produce," Sharma said.
Also, 7,000 purchase centres would be opened in the state.
Singh also intimated that the government would introduce 'farmer bond' for the welfare of the farming community. (ANI)