Joint Collector presides over meeting in Kadapa to muster public opinion on the draft bill
The government is planning to enact a legislation to extend subsidies to tenant farmers as per the recommendations of Koneru Ranga Rao Committee, Joint Collector K. Nirmala said on Thursday.
Presiding over a meeting to muster public opinion on the draft bill, Ms. Nirmala said nearly 50 per cent of land was being cultivated by tenant farmers, but they lacked any safeguards at present. Tenant farmers were getting meagre loans from banks, but cultivated lands by securing loans on high rate of interest from others and were committing suicide when saddled with debts owing to crop losses, she said. The opinions of farmers, tenant farmers, model farmers, bankers and government officials would be elicited, compiled and forwarded to the Government, the Joint Collector said. Tenant farmers can apply for eligibility cards and applications would be kept with village samakhyas. Basing on the cards, the Government would give subsidy seeds, fertilisers, crop insurance and input subsidy to tenant farmers, she said.
Additional Joint Collector G. Joshi Babu recalled that the Tenancy Act 1957 to safeguard the interest of tenant farmers was not implemented in true spirit. Tenant farmers were never given crop loans or paid input subsidy in case of crop losses. .
Rajampet RDO Padmaja said bankers should grant loans without insisting on security.
BJP leader B.P. Pratap Reddy wanted coverage of tobacco crop too under the Act.