At a time when the Maharashtra Opposition is making hue and cry over loan waiver to farmers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' office has revealed an interesting fact about the farmers' inclination towards the waiver.
According to an official, not more than 12 per cent farmers asked questions on the loan waiver when Fadnavis conducted his first ever TV programme dedicated to farmers.
Fadnavis communicated with the farmers through the TV programme titled 'Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy' (This is CM speaking) on April 9. The state's Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) had received around 21,000 questions from the farmers to be asked. "Not more than 12 per cent among them were related with the loan waiver," said Brijesh Singh, Director General.
Singh said the overall mood of the questions was constructive. "Majority of the questions were related to water conservation schemes, irrigation, market facilities, availability of raw material and fertilizers etc," he said.
The DGIPR has set up a state-of-the-art studio equipped with seven high definition cameras and chroma facilities with an investment of Rs 2 crore for such programmes. Fadnavis' show became the first to be shot there. "The programme has already been a hit," Singh said. "We have not taken any decision yet on its frequency though."
Fadnavis has been facing the Opposition ire since last couple of weeks after he refused to waive off the farmers' loan on the lines of UP. He has maintained that his government is creating a system where farmers would get better prices for their produce and subsequently their reliance on loans will come down.