Ensure transparency in the exemption of agricultural loans: farmers
Officials must ensure transparency regarding the exemption of crop loans at primary agricultural cooperative societies, the farmers said here on Friday.
Raising the issue at the farmers grievance meeting here on Friday, P. Ayyakannu, President, Desiya Thennindia Nadigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam, alleged irregularities in the waiver and urged the collector to ask the cooperative societies to list beneficiaries.
Chinnadurai MP, district chairman Tamizha Vivasayigal Sangam, said that although the government announced that 12,110 crore in agricultural loans would be canceled, the allocation of only 5,000 crore in the state budget to this effect had created doubts in the minds of farmers. He urged the authorities to ensure that all genuine farmers receive the allowance without leaving any room for discrimination or irregularity.
While welcoming the waiver of the loan, P. Viswanathan, chairman of Tamizhaga Eri Mattrum Attru Pasana Vivasayigal Sangam, urged the government to take action to also waive agricultural loans sanctioned by commercial banks.
Certificate of waiver
Earlier, collector S. Sivarasu said loan exemption certificates were issued to 66,881 farmers whose agricultural loan in the amount of 525.59 crore had been written off. This includes the principal component of 481.59 crore and the interest of ₹ 44 crore. Those who had not received the waiver certificate could apply to the companies, he said.
Mr. Ayyakannu urged the Department of Public Works and the district administration to ensure adequate release of water in the canals to meet the needs of cash crops during the summer.
N. Veerasekaran, organizer, Ayyan Vaical Pasanatharar Sangam, said that they are entitled to water supply for 11 months per year and that the district administration should ensure adequate water supply in the irrigation canals for annual crops such as sugar cane and bananas.
While welcoming the implementation of the Cauvery-Gundar river link project, R. Subramanian, deputy secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association, however insisted on the fact that only the Cauvery flood discharges should be diverted to the Proposed link channel and flow in the river should not be exploited when rains are scarce.
Ayilai Siva. Suriyan, district secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, affiliated with the Communist Party of India, urged Tangedco to provide free electrical connections to all candidates. With rising fuel prices, farmers could hardly afford to irrigate their fields using diesel pump units, he said.
Friday’s “in-person” meeting took place after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the meeting will remain suspended for the next two months due to the announcement of the Assembly election.