West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today announced complete waiver of agricultural tax in the state to provide relief to farmers.
Addressing an administrative meeting in West Midnapore district, Banerjee said her government was ready to bear a revenue loss of about Rs 200 crore to help farmers in distress.
The decision comes at a time when the new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is yet to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pre-poll promise that it will waive farm loans in the state.
Announcing that her state government would no longer collect revenue for agricultural land, Mamata slammed the BJP led Centre over its farm loan waiver promise.
"They (BJP) made tall promises about loan waiver before the polls but have done nothing since then," she claimed, adding that demonetization had severely affected farmers.
"The farming community in the country is under great distress. There are reports of farmers committing suicide in several states," she said, reiterating her demand to the Centre for farm loan waiver so that farmers could "overcome" the crisis.
Just last week, atleast two potato farmers have committed suicide in Burdwan district after failing to sell their bumper produce this season. Blaming it on the Centre, Mamata said the state government's decision will be of great help to farmers and "bring huge relief".