Staff Reporter

State urged to take up repair works

KHAMMAM: Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury wants total waiver of interest on the loans to be rescheduled benefiting the farmers hit by floods in the State.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, Ms. Chowdhury said floods shattered farmers. Waiver of interest would help revive their fortunes.

`Extend fresh loans'

She wanted bankers to extend fresh loans to affected farmers besides collecting simple interest on the rescheduled loans.

She had already talked to the Finance Minister and the Agriculture Minister on issues relating to farmers' suicide.

Plea to YSR

Ms. Chowdhury said she would talk to the Chief Minister for taking up permanent repairs to the Bayyaram irrigation tank.

She asked the Collector Sashibushan Kumar, who was also present, to blacklist the contractor who had executed the repair works on the tank that developed breaches causing extensive damage.