Publish 'white paper' on bank loans to farmers: Lok Satta
The Lok Satta Party on Saturday demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government publish a "white paper" on bank loans to farmers during the kharif season.india Updated: Sep 12, 2009 19:10 IST
The Lok Satta Party on Saturday demanded that the Andhra Pradesh government publish a "white paper" on bank loans to farmers during the kharif season.
Talking to reporters, Lok Satta Party General Secretaries V Laxman Balaji and G Malyadri alleged that the banks had not distributed Rs 12,000 crore as claimed by the government.
The banks included regular gold loans given to farmers as agricultural loans and boosted their total loan figures, they claimed.
The Lok Satta leaders alleged that the government had not been able to make banks grant loans to 50,000 tenantry farmers as planned. "According to field reports, banks had granted loans only to 10 to 15 per cent of them," they said.
The Lok Satta demanded that the government convene a meeting of the state-level bankers's committee to ensure that loans were distributed to farmers and tenants as planned, that fodder distribution be taken up on a war footing and that the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is effectively implemented in the state.