Hyderabad: Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy on Saturday indulged in some plain speaking when he said that the government expects resistance in the implementation of such a bold, revolutionary and pioneering scheme as the Loan Eligibility Cards (LECs).
Mr Raghuveera Reddy told media persons at the Secretariat that a road map has been drawn for issue of Loan Eligibility Cards (LECs) to licensed cultivators which is a revolutionary and pioneering step in the country.
“Even communist ruled states have not ventured to introduce such a scheme and attempts have been made to steer clear of any false impressions entertained by the land lords whose right on the land is under protection. The land lords need not misconstrue the scheme,” the Revenue Minister said.
Cutting across the party affiliations, all the political party leaders have been sent invitations through SMS messages to ensure the success of the said programme, the Minister revealed. He repeatedly asked the political parties’ leaders to set aside any difference of opinions and issues and support the issue of cards to the farmers in this hour of need.
“Land is a sensitive subject,” said the Minister and added that any scheme such as this is bound to attract resistance and changes if any, will be effected before introducing in the next Session of the Assembly. The card is valid for only one year and renewal is allowed, he emphasised.
West Godavari topped with 85809 applicants for the said cards, East Godavari with 66716, Krishna district 58856, Kurnool district 4975 applications and the least came from Srikakulam district with 1997 applications.(INN)