The YSR Congress has charged the Kiran Kumar Reddy-led government with “cheating” women and farmers in the name of providing loans on 3 per cent interest and later by claims of interest-free loans.

YSR Congress leader Sharmila participated in a Rachchabanda at Ravirala village in Maheswaram mandal as part of her padayatra in Ranga Reddy district where women complained that they were forced to pay more interest than the loan amount.

The women, YSRC said in a release, lamented that they were being forced to pay more in spite of the government’s claims of providing loans on 3 per cent interest.

Ms. Sharmila assured the women that the YSRC, headed by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, would extend interest-free loans to women and farmers as and when the party came to power in the State. Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy would keep his promise of initiating steps for empowerment of women and farmers.