Waive Off KCC Loans of Affected Farmers: MLA

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SRINAGAR: MLA Rafiabad, Yawar Dilawar Mir has expressed anguish over the losses caused to the standing crops and fruits due to intense hailstorm in upper belt of Rafiabad.

Expressing solidarity and sympathy with the hailstorm hit farmers, Yawar has asked the district administration Baramulla to send joint teams comprising officers of horticulture, agriculture and revenue departments to assess the losses caused to the crops and fruit due to high intensity hailstorm so that quantum of loss and extent of ex-gratia relief could be worked out for the affected people.

He has also called for sending officers and scientists of horticulture and agriculture department for providing expert guidance to the farmers for alternate cropping post-hailstorm so that affected farmers could be helped in this hour of need. He said that almost entire population of the kandi belt of Rafiabad comprises Below Poverty Line (BPL) who has been left high and dry due to unprecedented hailstorm storm demanding that the Government must come to their rescue and provide them relief on war footing basis. He has also demanded that 50 percent loss affected farmers should be provided free ration and cash relief besides supplying free alternate seeds.

Yawar Dilawar has appealed Chief Minister, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu and Chairman, J& K Bank, Parvaiz Ahmad to waive off bank loans of cent percent affected orchardists and fruit traders need to be especially those of KCC loans

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