Rajnath Singh demands loan exemption for farmers in drought-hit Maharashtra

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 02, 2013 15:20 hrs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre and Prithviraj Chavan-led Maharashtra Government for not taking adequate steps to improve the condition of the draught-hit state, and demanded waving of the interest of the loans of the farmers.

He alleged that the ruling government was not paying heed to the problem of the farmers.

"Whatever I used to hear about the drought in Delhi, it was less. The condition due to drought is very serious. But, both the Central as well as the State Government are not taking up the matter seriously," said Singh.

He urged the government to wave the interest on the loans that were taken by the farmers.

"We demand that the interest of loans, borrowed by the farmers in these regions, should be fully wavered by the government," he said.

The country's biggest sugar and pulses producer and second biggest producer of cotton and soybean, Maharashtra, is reeling under the worst drought in more than four decades, after receiving less rainfall during the monsoon season from June to September 2012.

Nearly 12,000 villages in the state were adversely affected by the drought and the state government had made arrangements for nearly 2,500 tankers to supply drinking water. (ANI)

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