Modi waives loan interest for farmers

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 14, 2012 12:25 am

A day after Gujarat declared that all crops had failed and sought assistance from the Centre,Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced a slew of sops for farmers in wake of drought-like conditions prevailing in the poll-bound state on account of deficient rainfall.

“The interest on the crop loans taken by farmers before August 15 shall be borne by the government,which would be around Rs 300 crore,” he said in Unai,on the sidelines of his Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra. “The government has also decided to give 50 per cent relief in electricity bills of such farmers.” Sources said the relief will cost the state Rs 500 crore over and above the Rs 3,000 crore subsidy for agriculture power connections.

He attacked the Gandhi family: “Only one family gets importance… If they make someone PM,he has to go to the family before taking any decision. Congress’s direction is of nepotism,spreading communalism,divisive politics and not fulfilling promises. We do not want that in Gujarat.”

Taking a dig at Congress,Modi said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) now stood for “All India Coal Congress”. “You would have heard of theft of diamonds,gold,silver,but have you ever heard that somebody took away coal? Congress has stolen coal worth Rs 2 lakh crore,” he said.

Criticising those who objected to the use of Vivekananda’s name for his yatra,Modi said: “Parties used an Osama Bin Laden duplicate during campaigning in Bihar and everybody remained silent. When I am taking out a rally in the name of Vivekananda,what is their problem?”

CM’s security beefed up

Following an intelligence warning of a terror attack,the Gujarat Police is beefing up CM Narendra Modi’s security. “There is no yatra-specific input. Modi is our CM and we are taking care of him as we always do,” said in-charge DGP Chitranjan Singh.

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