The Allahabad High Court has asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh
government to file affidavits "indicating the extent to which benefits have been
distributed" under various schemes to "alleviate the distress of farmers" in the
impoverished Bundelkhand region.
Hearing a PIL on farmers' suicide in Bundelkhand, a Division Bench comprising
Chief Justice Dhananjay Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta also asked
the State Bank of India and Allahabad Bank to apprise the court of "any waiver,
re-structuring or rescheduling of loans" that may have been granted to the
In the order dated November 27, the court also sought details of "the terms
on which such relief has been granted and the extent to which benefits have been
allowed to the borrowing farmers".
The court granted four weeks' time to the Centre, the state government and
the banks for filing of affidavits and posted the matter for January 6, 2014 for
the next hearing.
Courtesy : Outlook India