Hyderabad: The Loan Eligibility Cards, valid for one year, to 66,716 licensed cultivators, (LC) ( formerly tenant farmers) will be issued by the government and to begin with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will start the programme for issue of cited cards from Sunday in Rajahmundry in East Godavari district.
Later the scheme will be followed up by the respective ministers, MLAs, MPs and Revenue Officers concerned in other districts from july 11 to 16.
With five security features there is no scope for manipulation in the cards which have been printed by the mint of Nasik.
So far over 5.54 lakh beneficiaries have been identified and 27000 more applications were under scrutiny announced the Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy told media persons at the Secretariat.
“There is no threat to the right of the land lord whose land was coming under irrigation by the cited cultivators and the former has been provided with full security which was made known to them,” Mr Raghuveera Reddy said. He has already toured over eight districts on this errand.
“The government is also planning to organize exhibitions in the districts for farmers’ awareness on the subject,” the Minister revealed.
Bank loans to the extent of Rs 50,000 will be advanced to the LC without any security and above that amount some security is required but in no case the land will be pledged, the Minister informed.
The bankers also agreed to the scheme in SLBC meeting recently, Mr Raghuveera Reddy pointed out. Asked about the recoveries, the Minister replied, “It is the job of the banks and responsibility of the loanees.”
The list of beneficiaries receiving the said cards will be sent to the bankers, he added.
All political parties have been appealed to cooperate in this scheme as it involved the poor farmers. The Minister is understood to have discussed with all stake holders, farmers’ representatives, party leaders to arrive at a consensus before the issue of the ordinance unanimously earlier.
An Act could not be made in the previous Assembly session for various reasons but discussions on the subject were held from village level to the state level.
“In all 28,215 gram sabhas were held to interact with the farmers on the subject,” Mr Raghuveera Reddy said.
The recipient of the LEC would get subsidy on government seeds, fertilizers, implements and bank loans. This apart, insurance cover would also be provided to them when their crop was affected by the vagaries of nature.
The Minister maintained that efforts were made to provide all facilities to the poor farmers (LC) to help them raise the crops.
Also present at the press meeting were Pankaj Dwivedi, Special Chief Secretary, CCLA, P Yellappa, Secretary, Ccla and Punitha, Principal Secretary, Revenue.(INN)