Better Than Loan Waiver? Uttarakhand Farmers Will Soon Get Zero Interest Loans, Says CM Trivendra Singh RawatAn Indian farmer carries paddy seedlings for planting in his agricultural field. (BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, on Wednesday (9 January), attacked Congress-offered loan waivers an an ‘eyewash’ and promisedC that farmers will be given interest free loans by the state government, Mint has reported.

Rawat alleged that Congress talks about farm loan waivers only for political reasons. He said that such waivers granted by Congress governments are confined to only crop loans and that too on those availed before 2008.

“We are already giving loans at two per cent interest rate to farmers. They will soon be getting loans at zero per cent interest. It will help them increase their produce further and strengthen their economy,” Rawat was quoted in the report as saying.

He alleged that farm loan waivers granted by congress are are just an eyewash. “On the contrary we deliver on what we say. We are taking steps which will lead to real change in the lives of farmers rather than offering them lollipops for political gains,” chief minister said.

Rawat said in order to make it easier for disaster management authorities as well as farmers to prepare themselves to deal with natural calamities, two doplar radars to make precise weather warnings will soon start functioning in the state.

One doplar radar each will become operational on Mussoorie-Chamba road (Surkanda) and Mukteshwar by June this year.,

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