Telangana Proposes to Waive Farm Loans up to Rs 1 Lakh

K. Chandrasekhar Rao also announced financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh each for families of CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack.

Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Friday proposed to waive all agriculture term loans up to Rs 1 lakh outstanding as on December 11, 2018.

“Towards this, an amount of Rs 6,000 crore is proposed,” chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who also holds the finance portfolio, said while presenting the vote-on-account budget for 2019-20 in the legislative assembly.

He noted that his party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), promised to waive loans before the December 7, 2018 assembly elections.

The budget reflected the major electoral promises made by TRS, with thrust on welfare schemes, he said.

Under the investment support scheme Rythu Bandhu (farmer’s friend), the government is currently extending support of Rs 4,000 per acre per crop season, amounting to Rs 8,000 per annum.

“I propose to increase this support to Rs 5,000 per acre per crop. The total support in a year will be Rs 10,000 per acre,” Rao said.

To redeem another election promise, the government proposed to introduce unemployment allowance of Rs 3,016 per month to the eligible.

“The details of the scheme are being worked out,” he added.

The Aasara pensions, covering the aged, widows, single women, beedi workers, people suffering from filariasis, handloom workers and toddy-tappers, are proposed to be increased from Rs 1,000 per month to Rs 2,016.

“For differently-abled persons, I propose to increase their monthly pension from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,016,” the CM said.

Financial assistance to Pulwama martyrs

Rao also announced financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh each for families of CRPF personnel killed in the February 14 Pulwama attack.

The assembly and council adopted a resolution condemning the Pulwama attack and expressing sympathy with the families of the martyrs.

Members of both houses of the legislature observed two minutes’s silence as a mark of respect to the 40 CRPF personnel who lost their lives.

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