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Posted on Nov 09, 09:34PM | UNI
YSR Congress Party today demanded that the Andhra Pradesh Government declare immediate loan and interest waiver for farmers' in the flood affected areas in the wake of the destruction caused by the Nilam cyclone recently.
The party's Central Governing Council (CGC) discussed the havoc caused by floods and the absence of flood relief measures at a meeting presided over by party Honorary president Y S Vijayamma at Lotus Ponds here.
Breiefing the media after the meeting, Party Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member-coordinator Konatala Ramakrishna said the party opined that the Government has totally failed to anticipate the seriousness of the cyclone threat and in taking up preventive measures.
The party demanded that the Government hike the ex-gratia to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh offered to the families of those killed in the floods besides announcing loan and interest waiver for farmers, including tenant farmers and provide seeds and fertilizers on 75 per cent subsidy to those farmers who lost their crops, he said.
'The meeting also asked the Government to announce loan waiver, to all flood affected agricultural labourers, weavers and other artisans and offer fresh loans to them', Ramakrishna said, adding that tenant farmers should be offered a special package since they are the worst sufferers.