Maharashtra cabinet approved Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Farmer Loan Waiver & Shiv Bhojan scheme

  • Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackerayapproved the “Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Farmer Loan Waiver Scheme” and subsidised meal scheme named “Shiv Bhojan” programme for the poor.

Key Points:

  • Under Farmer Loan Waiver Scheme short-term crop loan up to Rs 2 lakh taken by farmers between April 1, 2015-March 31, 2019, and short-term restructured crop loan arrears up to September 30, 2019, will be waived. It will be implemented from March 2020 and Maha Vikas Aghadiwill provide Rs 21,216 crore for scheme.
  • ShivBhojan” programme:The Rs 6.4 crore programme will be started as pilot project for three months. Under this, at least one ‘Shiv Bhojan’ canteen will be started at district headquarters.
  • Each canteen will serve 500 thalis (plates) which is available at Rs 10 each, consisting of two chapatis, one vegetable, rice and dal. Canteens serving the meal will be functional between 12 noon and 2 pm.
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