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Sonia hints farmers loans at 3 per cent

india Updated: Oct 07, 2009 20:01 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
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The Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hinted that the union government would provide loans to farmers at a rate of only 3 per cent in coming days.

Addressing her first election rally at Buldhana in Vidarbha region, some 400 kms from Nagpur, the Congress chief said that the union government was thinking of bringing down the interests and a decision would be made soon in this regard.

Asserting that only the Congress had understood the pain and agony of the farmers in Vidarbha, which was going through a severe agrarian crisis, Gandhi said it had, therefore, initiated several steps to alleviate their suffering. These included relief packages from the union and the state governments, besides a scheme for loan waiver, she pointed out. Buldhana is one of the suicide-prone districts in the region where farmers are ending their lives because of crippling debts and crop failure.

She slammed the opposition, without naming any political parties, stating that opportunist parties were only interested in creating a rift in society and had no vision of development. Gandhi said that 'opportunist' parties were spoiling the peace and tranquility in society. "These parties have no vision of development. They cannot bring about any development in the state," she said.

The people must, therefore, think if they really wanted to hand over power to such opportunist people, she also asked. “Be careful about such people and don’t trust them. Take a decision in the interest of the country and the state by voting the Congress-NCP candidates in the elections,” she urged.