Stating that the radio was a vital medium for the dissemination of information among farmers, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged farmers to make the maximum utilisation of the collective radio station concept.

He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of two such radio stations launched in Barh and Birauli towns in Patna and Samastipur districts.

Lauding the efforts of the State Agriculture Department in realising the concept, he said that the radio stations would enable farmers to keep abreast of the latest trends in the field of agriculture.

Mr. Kumar said that such radio stations would be started in all the 38 districts. He criticised the apathetic attitude of banks in disbursing agricultural credit, and asserted that corruption in the field would not be tolerated. “Irregularities and cases of corruption found during the distribution of Kisan Credit Cards will be severely dealt with. Banks must be more transparent in their disbursement processes,” he said.