Waive off farm loans to reduce agrarian distress: Rajiv Kumar

Need to provide better remunerative prices, reduce cost of production

by Nidhi Bhati

According to NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar, farm loan waiver can help reduce agrarian distress. Elaborating on steps needed to raise farmers’ income, Kumar said that firstly farmers need to get better remunerative prices and secondly cost of production needs to be reduced. The vice chairman will be convening a meeting of states’ agriculture secretaries on 9 July 2018 to introduce them to Subhash Palekar’s zero budget natural farming technology which aims to brings down cost by more than 50 per cent and improves the land quality, water retention etc.

References
1. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/if-haircuts-for-corporate-loans-are-possible-why-not-farm-loan-waivers/article24138367.ece
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
6.2 +0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
100.6 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
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Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18 Jun 18
New projects 1.25 1.51 3.42 2.32
Completed projects 1.25 1.16 1.56 0.91
Stalled projects 0.69 0.88 3.44 0.30
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Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Sep 17 Dec 17 Mar 18 Jun 18
All listed Companies
 Income 7.9 12.0 9.7 16.4
 Expenses 9.0 13.0 16.2 19.7
 Net profit -18.0 -14.3 -80.3 3.3
 PAT margin (%) 5.5 4.8 1.2 5.7
 Count of Cos. 4,508 4,503 4,338 3,297
Non-financial Companies
 Income 8.2 13.3 11.1 18.7
 Expenses 8.2 12.4 11.7 20.7
 Net profit -6.0 13.2 1.6 32.5
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 6.4 6.6 7.4
 Net fixed assets 9.2 11.8
 Current assets 2.9 7.2
 Current liabilities 11.0 10.4
 Borrowings 3.4 1.9
 Reserves & surplus 7.9 7.2
 Count of Cos. 3,464 3,471 3,357 2,595
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Annual Financials of All Companies
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All Companies
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 Expenses 5.7 1.9 6.0 13.3
 Net profit 0.1 -9.7 25.8 -37.5
 PAT margin (%) 3.0 2.8 3.5 4.2
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 Net worth 8.5 11.3 7.7 12.8
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 Count of Cos. 26,178 24,474 22,051 749
Non-financial Companies
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 Expenses 5.1 0.4 6.1 8.0
 Net profit -9.4 19.9 20.7 6.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.0 2.4 3.0 9.3
 Net fixed assets 13.3 17.9 6.7 27.6
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 RONW (%) 4.6 5.1 5.9 13.2
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 Interest cover (times) 1.9 1.9 2.1 6.2
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 Count of Cos. 21,351 20,488 18,371 585
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