Puducherry, Oct 31 (UNI) Puducherry Cooperation Minister M Kandasamy today said that the administration would shortly take steps to prevent the people of Tamil Nadu from availing the benefits of the schemes being implemented in the Union Territory.
Speaking at the function here to issue certificates to agriculturists whose farm loans from the cooperative sector were waived, Mr Kandasamy said if 2,000 physically-handicapped persons are being benefitted out of the schemes being implemented here, 700 would be from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, who have enrolled themselves in the list with fake certificates.
Similarly, arrack dealers and wealthy people were benefitted from this waiver of agricultural loans as the genuine farmers repaid their loans promptly. This trend need to be arrested, he said adding that next month, a joint meeting of the Agriculture and Cooperation departments would be convened here in which the real small farmers would be identified and notified.
Thereafter, they would only be entitled to avail crop loans, he added.
Coming down heavily on officials, Mr Kandasamy said they were reluctant to perform their duty with dedication.
Steps would be taken to provide agricultural loan to the farmer on the same day of application, then only the government would earn a good name, he said adding the officials do not know even the statastics of the loan provided so far.
This tendency need to be changed, he said adding that he was committed to bring in changes and not concerned with his political future.
The officials, who work with dedication alone could continue with the administration, he said.
The administration propose to open ten branches of the cooperative bank, seven in Puducherry and three in Karaikal Region on November 23, the 50th year of celebrations.
Chief Minsiter V Vaithilingam participated in the function and issued certificates to 4,988 farmers waiving their agricultural loan to the tune of Rs 13.81 crores.
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