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144% More Funds For Agriculture, But Not Enough To Quell Farm Unrest - Nilachala Acharya

-IndiaSpend/ CBGA Agriculture has got an unprecedented 144% rise in allocation in the interim budget announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government--from Rs 57,600 crore in the 2018-19 budget estimates to Rs 1,40,764 crore in the interim budget. This took the share of the agriculture ministry in the total union budget to 5.2%, a benchmark succeeding governments will be compelled to match for political reasons. For context, the share has been...

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress -PP Sangal

-Financial Express Farmers in India (also in undivided India) have generally been poor, and it has not been only the phenomenon of post-reforms period in Independent India, as believed by some. Yes, now it is becoming worse day by day. Farmers’ distress over the past few years has taken a new dimension so much so that political parties, without exception, are now using it as an opportunity to win elections by...

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'Farm loan waivers against economic principles'

-PTI About Rs. 1.47 lakh crore of Agricultural Loans are outstanding in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Kenichi Yokoyama Friday said farm loan waivers were against economic principles and cannot effectively address the agrarian distress. Yokoyama also advocated for direct transfer of funds to targeted beneficiaries as it would cut down leakages. On farm loan waiver, he said most of the people are sceptical about it as an...

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Clear bank dues when loans are waived: NABARD to states -Sidhartha

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Amid a flurry of farm loan waivers, financial institution Nabard has written to states advising them to ensure that dues of banks that actually write-off the loan are immediately cleared to ensure that the credit cycle is not broken. The move follows the experience of several lenders in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where the dues have remained pending although they had written off the loans...

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Farm-loan waivers turn nightmare for banks -G Naga Sridhar

-The Hindu Business Line Farmers in election-bound States have stopped repaying in anticipation of write-offs Hyderabad: The increasing demand for farm-loan waivers and slippages in existing loan repayments by farmers in anticipation of write-offs are giving banks a nightmare. Apart from drawing the attention of policy makers and political pundits, last week’s mega farmers’ rally in the national capital has also created tremors among bankers. “The expectation of agricultural loan waivers next year when...

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