Sugarcane Growers Association Expresses Anguish Over Delay In Implementing Loan Waiver Scheme

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Mysuru: Karnataka State sugarcane Growers Association and other farmers have expressed anguish over the delay in implementing the loan waiver schemes in the state.

The present political situation and high drama which has been taking to toll of the schemes and unable to come out to resolve the agricultural crisis in the state and as a result of which farmers are the worst hit, Karnataka State Sugarcane Cultivators’ Association president Kurusu Shanthakumar told UNI.

In anticipation, of the Loan waiver scheme, the farmers have not closed their loan accounts. “Until the earlier loan account is closed, banks will not sanction fresh loans and in the current impasse it is the farmers who are the worst affected,” he added. He also charged that the State to compensate farmers whose land was acquired for a lift irrigation project in Periyapatana taluk of the district.

“It has been 14 years since land was acquired for the Karadilkankere lift irrigation project which has been completed but the farmers are yet to be compensated,” said Mr Shanthakumar.

The farmers have set a deadline of 15 days to get compensation and have cautioned the authorities of launching a dharna if the demand was not met. A meeting has been scheduled with the district administration on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Most farmers who lost their land held very small plots ranging from a few guntas to a couple of acres and have now been rendered landless. There are 80 such families and the association has taken up their cause.

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