Hooda for swapping non-institutionalised loans with banks

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Chandigarh, Mar 3 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the Haryana Government was considering a proposal to enable the farmers to swap their loan taken from 'Ahrtiyas' (commission agents) with that of banks on easy terms.

Interacting with media persons here today, after inaugurating the renovated portion of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said that as a result of the decision of the Central Government to waive off loans of farmers, about 10 lakh farmers of Haryana would be benefitted.

When asked to comment about the estimated amount by which the farmers in Haryana would be benefitted, Mr Hooda said that according to his own estimates, they would be benefitted to the tune of about Rs 5,000 crore.

In reply to a question concerning package of incentives given to some other states in the country, Mr Hooda said that as a result of it, various industries of the state had been dislocated to neighbouring states Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand. ''We are not jealous of them, but we want that similar package of incentives should also be given to the backward areas of Haryana like Mewat and Shivaliks''.

Mr Hooda claimed that the state government had also given a number of incentives to the farmers and had waived off the arrears of electricity bills amounting to Rs 1600 crore.

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