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Pawar reviews implementation of farmer suicide package

Posted by Ramoo on February 4, 2007…

New Delhi, Feb. 2 (PTI): In the backdrop of continuing reports of farmers suicides, Government today held detailed discussions on implementation of the Rs 16,000 crore package for states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which were hit by drought and floods last year.

With the farmer suicides in Vidharbha still being reported, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar during the meeting sought to know the progress of the package for farmers that included rescheduling of loans and low interest credit.

The huge financial package, to be spread over a three year period, would include 31 most affected districts of the four states.

The meeting expressed deep concern over the tardy progress in carrying out the work on irrigation and water shed development projects.

“It was observed that the project approval and disbursal of money has not been done speedily by the ministry of water resources and NABARD”, a top government official said.

However, the meeting chaired by Pawar, expressed satisfaction over the credit disbursal to the needy farmers and felt the situation had improved.

Ministry officials apprised Pawar of the progress in horticulture sector and expressed happiness over the results achieved so far.

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