"Especially in states like Punjab and Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu the farmer loan should be waived off. The maximum number of farmer suicides takes place in Maharashtra, with indebtedness being one of the main reasons," he added.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday has waived off Rs 30, 729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state.
The decision will be benefitting two crore 15 lakh farmers of the state.
Along with this, the government has also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of eight lakh farmers.
"Uttar Pradesh has 2, 30,00,000 farmers. We have waived off Rs 30, 729 crore loan amount of the farmers," Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told the media here.
Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said that the government has decided to keep a target of 80 lakh tonnes of wheat purchase.
"All the district Magistrates (DMs) have been instructed to purchase more where there is more produce," Sharma said.
Also, 7,000 purchase centres would be opened in the state.
Singh also intimated that the government would introduce 'farmer bond' for the welfare of the farming community.
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