Maharashtra Budget session: Opposition disrupts governor's speech over loan waiver

Opposition parties on Sunday had boycotted the customary tea meeting convened by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as a mark of protest alleging government failure to curb farmer suicides, and started shouting slogans towards the end of the speech of the governor demanding loan waiver for farmers.

Opposition benches tried to disrupt Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao's speech on the first day of the Budget session of the state legislature. Opposition members from the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) shouted slogans demanding loan waiver for farmers in the state.

Opposition parties on Sunday had boycotted the customary tea meeting convened by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as a mark of protest alleging government failure to curb farmer suicides, and started shouting slogans towards the end of the speech of the governor demanding loan waiver for farmers.

Meanwhile, the governor in his inaugural address of the joint session of the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad spoke about initiatives the state government has taken to address the issues of farmers.

"In order to mitigate agrarian distress and increase agricultural productivity, my government has initiated a slew of farmer friendly measures in the form of sustainable development schemes, marketing support, crop insurance, water conservation, irrigation and agricultural diversification. All these measures would contribute to doubling of farmer's income in the next five years," Rao said.

The governor also spoke about the state government's initiative to mitigate the recurring drought-like situation in Marathwada. "Our initiative will align with the vision of the prime minister for 'More Crop per Drop'. This Government has decided to introduce a project for climate resilient agriculture. The world bank assisted Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjeevani Project of Rs 4000 crore is being rolled out to ensure drought proofing of 4000 villages of Vidarbha and Marathwada region," said Rao.

Vidyasagar Rao informed that the state Government has decided to accelerate promotion of the Micro Irrigation Scheme to cover nearly 1.25 lakh hectares of land over the next 3 years.

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