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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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Why parties prefer freebies to investments in election manifestoes -Ashok Gulati

-Financial Express It is the season of promising freebies to lure voters. Congress leads in these promises. It has promised a loan waiver in Chhattisgarh within 10 days of coming to power; and the hiking of minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 2,500/quintal, up from Rs 1,750/quintal, a 43% raise over the already increased MSP of paddy. In Madhya Pradesh, it has promised a loan waiver of up to...

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MUDRA loans is another crisis in the making, says Raghuram Rajan -Raghuvir Srinivasan

-The Hindu Flags risks in MUDRA, Kisan credit card loans in his report to MPs’ panel New Delhi: Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has cautioned that the next crisis in India’s banking sector could come from loans given to the unorganised micro and small businesses, called MUDRA loans, and credit extended through the Kisan credit card. MUDRA loans are offered under the Prime Minister Mudra Yojana or PMMY, launched in 2015 by the...

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Are loan waivers the only way to help farmers? -Sanjay Kaul

-The Hindu Business Line The trend of farm loan waivers has gripped the country and Karnataka is the latest to jump on to the bandwagon. The fiscal strain of farm loan waivers on the States is worrisome. As per RBI, the gross fiscal deficit (GFD) of States rose to 3.1 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, breaching the threshold of 3 per cent GFD/GSDP ratio recommended by the Finance Commission. This threshold has...

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Fresh farm crisis brews in Maharashtra as banks tighten purse strings -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

-Livemint.com Banks in Maharashtra have issued only 22% of the kharif season lending target of Rs43,342 crore till 27 June, said an official at the state department of cooperation Mumbai: Farm discontent is raising its head in Maharashtra yet again as banks remain tight-fisted on crop loans at the beginning of the sowing season, cancelling out the benefits of last year’s mega loan waiver. Banks in Maharashtra have issued only 22% of the...

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