Bengaluru: Clearing the air regarding the farm loan waiver, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said preparations were underway for the waiver of Rs 45.000 crore worth crop loans borrowed by farmers from nationalised banks.
Speaking after inaugurating a slew of development programmes in Mandya district on Friday, the CM said this month, Rs 9455 crore borrowed by farmers from co-operative banks would be waived. The loans worth Rs 515 crore of Mandya farmers would also be written off this year.
Farmers should not pay heed to the canard being spread by vested interests regarding crop loan waiver. “Mandya has a special place in my heart. My government is committed to overall development of the district,” he added.
The CM also ruled out shelving of the project to develop Brindavan Garden in the vicinity of KRS Dam on the lines of Disney Land and said he was ready for an open discussion with those opposing the project. "This project is very important from the point of view of tourism in the district. It will provide employment to 50,000 local youth. A few engineers of Mysuru are opposing it. According to me, there will be no threat to KRS dam because of this project, I am not a fool to take it up if it poses a threat to the reservoir. Let the Mysuru engineers explain to me how the Disney Land project will pose a threat to the dam".
Regretting that a a farmer had committed suicide prior to his visit, the CM once again took a dig at the media for highlighting this incident to criticize him as anti-farmer. "The poor farmer might have been committed suicide expecting some help from the government. According to my information, the deceased farmer had cancer which was in an advanced stage and doctors had said he may survive for only three months. I would have definitely helped his family had they approached me a little earlier"....