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WOES APLENTY: Deputy Commissioner M.B. Dyaberi and other officials at the public grievances meeting in Davangere on Saturday.
WOES APLENTY: Deputy Commissioner M.B. Dyaberi and other officials at the public grievances meeting in Davangere on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

Cooperative institutions are serving notices and court warrants on us: farmers

DAVANGERE: Deputy Commissioner M.B. Dyaberi will write to the Secretary to Department of Cooperation to direct all the co-operative banks and financial institutions in Davangere district not to insist that farmers immediately repay loans as all the six taluks of the district were considered drought-affected. The Deputy Commissioner would also request the Secretary to instruct the cooperative banks to convert all loans of the farmers as long-term loans so that they would get enough time to repay the loan amount.

Chairing a public grievances meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Dyaberi, in response to the plea made by the farmers of Honnali that cooperative banks should be instructed not to pressure farmers to repay the loan amount, said that it was not proper to insist that farmers repay the loan amount when they were in distress following drought. This may even result in farmers' suicides, he said and called upon cooperative banks to refrain from asking farmers. Earlier, farmers led by Karibasappa complained that the cooperative institutions had been insisting that farmers repay the loan amount and were serving notices and court warrants.

The farmers said that they were not in a position to repay the loan amount as of now and they were leading a pathetic life. Moved by the submissions of the farmers, the Deputy Commissioner assured them that he would write a letter to the cooperation department and would do best to solve their problem.

Crop insurance

Similarly, the farmers had complained that crop insurance amount of Kharif season of 2005-06 had not yet been distributed to farmers though all formalities such as survey of fields had been conducted and crop loss was evaluated. The Deputy Commissioner asked the Joint Director of the Agriculture why the insurance amount of last two years was not released. Joint Director, Agriculture, Shivamurthappa said that the Lead Bank manager would know the details.

The Deputy Commissioner seemingly irritated by the absence of the Lead Bank Manager Vishwanath asked officers to summon him to the meeting hall immediately. Mr. Vishwanath who later came to the meeting pleaded ignorance much to the chagrin of the Deputy Commissioner and farmers. The Deputy Commissioner asked him to gather information about the crop insurance amount and instructed him to impress upon the Insurance authorities to sanction the amount immediately.

Mr. Dyaberi also instructed the Lead Bank manager to get required education loan from a nationalised bank to a student Mohammed, hailing from a poor family, who secured over 80 per cent in Pre-University and secured government seat in the BDT engineering college.

Among those officers who attended the meeting were Chief Executive Officer of Davangere Zilla Panchayat Nijalingappa, Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies Manjunath, Regional Transport Officer H.J. Thembad, and District Health Officer Jayadevappa.

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