The State Government has started to work on its pre-poll announcement to waive farm loans. On Thursday, Agriculture Minister Badal instructed in a meeting held with the officials of the State Level Banking Committee (SLBC) that banks should give details of NPA accounts within five days to bring uniformity in the data format of the indebted farmers.
Badal has directed all the officials in the meeting to bring the farmers’ loan waiver scheme on the ground so that the loan accounts of all the indebted farmers could be linked to Aadhaar and mobile number by running a campaign. Within a month, verification of accounts of loans of all farmers at district and block level should be ensured by the bank concerned, he added.
Badal instructed all the officials in the meeting to meet the entire district and block level bankers committee within the month of November and establish coordination and ensure the work of linking the bank accounts of all the indebted farmers with Aadhaar through BLO and KVEC should be ensured. “The Deputy Commissioner and departmental officers should also provide necessary support in this work. In this context,” he added. Badal said that whatever data the banks have related to farmers, it has to be brought on a single platform so that the true status of the loans of the farmers of the State can be assessed. He said that for this, all banks should coordinate with SLBC and prepare a platform, as well as a data platform will be prepared on behalf of the department in collaboration with the IT department and both portals will be integrated. Also, the Agriculture Minister instructed that all departmental officers should contact the officers of various banks and get the CAT status wise status of NPA within the next five days. To enable farmers to get the benefit of the Government’s loan waiver scheme, publicity should be ensured through all banks and departments’ he added.
It may be noted that the government has provided Rs 2000 crore in the annual budget under the debt waiver scheme.