Haryana to waive off non-institutionalised farm loans

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Karnal, Mar 23 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the state government was considering to formulate a scheme for waiving off non-institutionalised loans of farmers.

''The scheme will be formulated in such a manner that farmers get the relief while at the same time it would be ensured that the 'Arhtis' (commission agents) who have advanced such loans do not suffer,'' he said, while addressing a 'Vikas Rally' after inaugurating a primary health centre and unveiling the statue of Maharaja Aggarsain at Gharaunda 15 kilometers from here.

He also paid rich tribute to the martyrs Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

The state government had envisaged a number of welfare schemes during last three years, he said. The plan budget of the state had been increased from Rs 2300 crore to Rs 6650 crore, which was more than the plan budget of Punjab, he added.

While expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for waiving loans amounting to Rs 60,000 crore of small and marginal farmers of the country.

The Chief Minister said Finance Minister Birender Singh had announced one per cent rebate in stamp duty besides two per cent rebate in stamp duty to the women had also been given. The main aim of state Government was that Haryana should become number one in all spheres in the country.

Haryana had the highest per capita income amongst all the big states, besides the state had also stood first in the country in per capita investment of Rs 78,500 crore. Similarly state was leading the county in production of wheat and milk.

While referring the demands put forward by Block Congress President Gharunda Sohan Lal Gupta , the Chief Minister said two distributeries namely Gharund and Nagla which were sanctiond during 1987 would be constructed after receiving the report of technical committee. He also announced construction of a sports stadium, construction of Tehsil building at a cost of Rs 1. 81 crore, carving out a sector of Haryana Urban Development Authority at Gharunda.

The Chief Minister also accepted the demand for transfering the Government Girls Senior Secondary School to another site. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for Gau Shala at Gharunda and sanctioned a new bus stand for the town.

While referring to the demand of laying a sewarge system in the town, he revealed that the project had been forwarded to the World Bank for its approval. To provide potable water to the town a scheme costing Rs 2.15 crore had already been implemented and a sum of Rs 1.40 crore had already been incurred on it.

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