Maharashtra farm loan to exclude those earning from other sources

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MUMBAI: The benefit of the loan scheme of Maharashtragovernment will be exclusively for agriculturists whose sole source of income is from farming.

According to a Government Resolution (GR), dated June 14, those getting income from other jobs, even if they own farms, will be out of the ambit of the scheme, under which Rs 10,000 initial crop loan assistance is provided to farmers.

“The Rs 10,000 initial loan assistance scheme is meant for farmers in distress who have agriculture as the only source of income. Hence, a detailed list is prepared in the GR that will filter out those who have other sources of income,” state Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh told PTI on Friday.

“For the first time such a meticulously drafted GR is prepared to weed out the undue beneficiaries. Many teachers, professors, shop owners and service providers from rural and semi-urban areas are not solely dependent on agriculture, though they avail crop loan for cultivation,” he said.

The GR states that all the teaching and non-teaching staff in the local body-run and government-aided schools in the state will be disqualified from the scheme.

Similarly, those registered under the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act-1948 will also be omitted from the list of beneficiaries, says the GR.