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Help farmers in distress: Collector

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CUDDAPAH, JUNE 20. The district Collector, Jayesh Ranjan, asserted on Sunday that it was the bounden duty of officials and bankers to assist the farmers who were in dire straits and committing suicide.

Speaking as chief guest after inaugurating a `tractor loan mela' organised by the State Bank of India at Kalakshetram here, the Collector expressed pleasure that 34 banks came forward to disburse loans to farmers for purchase of 500 tractors. He asked them to fulfil the target of granting loans for purchase of at least 200 tractors during the next two months. Mr. Ranjan advised the bankers to conduct farmers' awareness camps at the mandal and panchayat centres to enlighten them on the new Government's policies and help them achieve higher yields by providing loans for mechanised tools. The district has 6,400 rythu mitra groups, he added.

Stating that the Government was determined to ensure the welfare of farmers, he said a Farmers' Helpline was set up in the Collectorate with a toll-free phone No. 1077 to assist the debt-ridden farmers on the verge of ending their lives.

The Superintendent of Police, V.C. Sajjanar, assured the Police Department's cooperation to farmers and appealed to them to not commit suicides in a bout of depression. The farmers should realise that ending their life was not a solution to their problems, he added.

The Deputy General Manager of the SBI, Raghavendra, said bankers organised the tractor loan mela on the request of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to assist the woe-stricken farmers. He thanked the tractor dealers for coming forward. The Assistant General Manager of NABARD, Nagarajan, said that the State and Central Governments were according priority for the betterment of farmers.

The Collector and SP gave away some tractors to farmers who were sanctioned loans.

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