Monsoon Session: Opposition protests, demands loan waiver for farmers

The opposition had earlier doubted the authenticity of statistics related to development and growth in the economic survey carried out by Maharashtra government

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The second day of the Maharashtra Assembly monsoon session kicked in with a protest demonstration from the opposition leaders. The opposition on Tuesday protested against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena government while demanding loan waiver for farmers in the state. 

Highlighting the issues such as the ongoing farmers' distress and drought condition in Maharashtra, the opposition also raised an objection to the statistics related to development and growth in the economic survey report which was presented before the legislature on Monday, June 17. 

The economic survey of Maharashtra was carried out by the state government and the opposition has expressed doubts on the authenticity of the same. Earlier, Opposition leader in state legislative council, Dhananjay Munde said that an all party-committee should be set up to verify the statistics in the report. 

Also Read: Monsoon Session: Maha Opposition Doubts Economic Survey Report, Demands All-Party Committee To Verify Claims

Meanwhile, the opposition also raised the issue of providing loan waiver and incentive to the farmers in Maharashtra amid the ongoing drought. The economic survey of the state claims that agricultural growth is at 0.4 per cent due to the poor monsoon. 

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar will table the budget before the legislative assembly today and focus of the same is expected to be on the populist schemes catering to provide the farmer with incentives. Moreover, the budget is also likely to focus on the infrastructure development scheme. 

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