Rs. 50,254-cr. debt waived, says Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that debt waivers to the tune of Rs. 50,254 crore had been granted by various banks as part of the scheme announced by the government. Making his intervention in the Lok Sabha during the trust vote discussion, the Minister said debt relief was granted for a sum of Rs. 16,223 crore, taking the total amount disbursed till date to Rs. 66,477 crore. Amid protests from the Opposition members, he said the beneficiaries included 2,98,05,305 small and marginal farmers, besides 65,81,818 other farmers.