State Govt. to waive loans of farmers who lost their lives due to COVID-19
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State Govt. to waive loans of farmers who lost their lives due to COVID-19

July 15, 2021

Mysore/Mangaluru: Co-operation Minister S.T. Somashekar on Wednesday said that a decision on waiving loans taken in District Credit Co-operative Banks by the farmers who succumbed to COVID-19 will be taken shortly.

A meeting of Apex Bank Chairman, 21 DCC Bank Presidents and MD along with President of PACS will be convened shortly to decide on the same, he said after laying the foundation for fruit and vegetable market at APMC Yard in Baikampady on Wednesday.

He said as many as 10,140 farmers who lost their lives due to Covid-19 had availed loans. About Rs. 81 crore would be required to waive off the loan borrowed. “We have informed the Chief Minister that the profit earned by the Apex Bank, DCC Bank and Primary Agricultural Credit Co-operative Societies could be utilised for waiving off the loan amount,” he said.

He said the Chief Minister wanted crop loans to the tune of Rs. 20,810 crore be given to farmers this year. All the 21 DCC Banks have been asked to disburse loans and ensure that no farmer is denied loan facility. Rs. 1,860 crore loan will be given at zero percent interest in the State through DCC Banks. The guidelines of denying zero percent interest for those who are availing pension of above Rs. 25,000 and filing Income Tax returns will be sorted out. The issue will be brought to the notice of the Finance Department, he promised.

Speaking on the occasion, District in-Charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said that the APMC in Baikampady needs to be developed as a model in the State. Amendment to APMC Act allowed the farmers to sell their produce wherever they wish to sell, he noted.


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