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Jayati Ghosh's plea spurs YSR into action

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, OCT. 16. The Chairperson of the Commission on Farmers Welfare, Jayati Ghosh, has suggested to the Government several measures to tackle the complex problems of farmers to improve their livelihood conditions.

At a meeting with the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Saturday, Prof. Ghosh said the continuing farmer suicides indicated a more pervasive problem in Anantapur, Mahabubnagar and Warangal districts that needed a more integrated approach.

Directive to officials

Responding to her observations, Dr. Reddy directed the Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, and officials concerned to formulate a plan to ensure procurement of crops like groundnut, maize and cotton from farmers at reasonable prices.

Improvement of conditions at marketyards and a proper vigilance to check the menace of middlemen and input-suppliers were also advised.

Directing the officials to get GO 516, which facilitates waiver of stamp duty for loans and rescheduling of loans for small and marginal farmers prominently displayed in all banks in the State, he cautioned them against any laxity in implementing the benefit.

Bankers' meet

The Chief Minister is also planning to address a State Level Bankers' Committee meeting at the earliest to ensure timely flow of institutional credit for farmers. He advised a no-delay credit flow to put an end to the agricultural problems and also release of scholarships, stipends and pensions to ensure better living conditions. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Poonam Malakondaiah, advisor to the Government, Somayajulu, and members of the Commission, Krishnaiah (Commissioner, Fisheries), Mahendra Dev and Galab (Centre for Economic and Social Studies), and D. Narasimha Reddy (University of Hyderabad) took part in the deliberations.

The Commission earlier expressed satisfaction over the measures adopted to aid farmers during the kharif season.

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