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People appealed to report harassment by moneylenders

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Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep has urged farmers to book cases against moneylenders who harass them for loan repayment.

He said in a release that a committee headed by the Assistant Commissioner has been constituted to keep vigil over private moneylenders. The district administration has also set up a helpline (08352-222233) where the farmers could register a complaint.

While the government was doing everything possible to help the farmers, the farmers too should not lose their heart. The district administration would try to address the issues if they are informed of it, the official said.

He said that no bank or agency involved in moneylending can charge more than 14 per cent interest per annum on secured loan and 16 per cent on unsecured loan. Anyone charging more than this was liable for punishment.

If a farmer commits suicide after being harassed by a money-lender, then it would amount to abetment for suicide under the Indian Penal Code, and attract punishment of upto three years of imprisonment and fine up to Rs. 30,000, or both, the Deputy Commissioner said.

‘Probe into suicides’

He directed the officials of vigilance committee to investigate the reasons for farmer suicides. If any farmers have committed suicide due to harassment by money-lenders, then criminal cases should be booked against the money-lenders, he said.

Mr. Randeep said that the government has released Rs. 179 crore as ex-gratia to farmers who lost their crop to untimely rain and hailstone in February this year. He has directed the respective tahsildars to ensure immediate disbursement of the compensation to the listed beneficiaries. He instructed them to deposit the money directly to the accounts of the farmers.

Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep has said that the government has released Rs. 179 crore as ex-gratia to farmers who lost their crop to untimely rain and hailstone in February this year. He has directed the respective tahsildars to ensure immediate disbursement of the compensation to the listed beneficiaries. He instructed them to deposit the money directly to the accounts of the farmers.

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