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On the one hand, the Maharashtra government is complaining that the entire loan of farmers has been waived. But the farmers of village Kunbitola in the taluka have been suffering because of constant remission of their debt for the last three years.

Gondia Today News Network

Salekasa: On the one hand, the Maharashtra government is complaining that the entire debt of the farmers has been waived. But the farmers of village Kunbitola in the taluka have been suffering because of constant remission of their debt for the last three years. Yet no one seems to be taking the initiative to waive the debt of those 90 farmers. They may be saying, ‘Please forgive us this debt.’ But the representatives of the government and the government are whispering to them.

The village Govaritola-Kunbitola in the taluka is dependent on the rainy season and there is no irrigation system in this village. He always wanted to be an irrigation device in his village. But since the village is above the average level, canal equipment could not be used. In 1979, the farmers here approached the regional MLA Mahadevrao Shivankar, who was the irrigation minister in the coalition government and requested the farmers to provide irrigation facilities in the village. Then Shivankar promised to bring the irrigation scheme to the village. According to their instructions, a total of 19 farmers were gathered here and established Bhagirath Water Supply Company.

To establish a Water Supply Scheme (Upas Irrigation Scheme), the District Central Co-operative Bank borrowed Rs. For this, all the farmers mortgaged their total 90 acres of land. From the loan amount, two power pumps of 1 hp each were installed on the canal of the Pujaratola dam which flows through the village of Brahmantola. From there, the pipeline from Govaritola-Kunbitola was submerged underground. An arrangement was made for irrigation of 90 acres of land for all 19 farmers. The scheme started but due to an interrupted power supply and intermittent canal water closure, it was impossible to get enough water for agriculture. During the Kharif season, two years of irrigation water was provided but the farmers did not get the product to repay the loan. Some farmers also decided to put summer paddy in it. But because of the cultivated and sandy farmland, water could not be replenished.

Due to a lack of regular power supply, pumps could not be continued continuously and after two to three years, it was difficult to get enough water in the Kharif season. At times, there was a dispute among the farmers for water. In this case, an irrigation scheme has failed and for the last 3 years, the scheme has been permanently closed. Again, farmers depended on rainfall. Therefore, the repayment of the loan was not possible at all. The question arose as to how the small and poor farmers with one acre – two acres of farmland would repay the loan taken and the government started demanding loan waiver. But no one was seen taking the initiative for the waiver of these farmers. Since the closure of the scheme, the state government changed four times to demand a loan waiver. But the loan waiver of these farmers was not taken into account caste.

The contents of the scheme became awkward

Unable to pay the electricity bill, the power connection was cut off. Deteriorated as the pump was constantly shut off. The pipeline was broken in several places. Undoing the plan meant spending millions of funds. Nevertheless, the guarantee that all farmers will have access to water. No, because the land is constantly polluting the water, it is not possible to supply continuous water to everyone’s agriculture.

The debt mountain continued to grow

A loan of Rs 2 lakh was established at the time of setting up of the institute for setting up of an irrigation scheme. Now, by adding interest to that loan, the total debt has increased three times. All the farmers of Bhagirath Water Supply Scheme are demanding that the government should get the benefit of the loan waiver under the Chhatrapati Shivaji loan waiver scheme.

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