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Patna:  The Bihar government on Saturday declared all the 38 districts in the state as disaster-hit in the aftermath of the heavy damage to standing crops caused by thunderstorms, unseasonal rain and hailstorms in the past two months, officials said.

Principal secretary of the state disaster management department Vyasji said the government has declared all the districts disaster-hit following a proposal sent by his department.

The government took the decision as a RBI directive says that bank loans to farmers can be rescheduled only when a state is declared disaster-hit, he said.

“With all the districts declared disaster-hit, now the farmers would not be forced by the banks to repay their loans. It will be a big relief for farmers,” he said.

According to officials of the agriculture department, the government had already asked various bank branches in the state to reschedule the loans to the farmers in cyclone-hit districts and later also in the districts which were hit by unseasonal rain and hailstorms.

The state government has also asked officials to prepare a contingency plan keeping in mind the delayed monsoon and deficient rain predicted this year in Bihar.

“The met department first predicted that monsoon will reach Bihar in the second week of June. Later it revised the forecast to the third week. Now monsoon is likely to hit Bihar on June 22,” officials said. (IANS)

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Congress Terms Modi’s Love For Farmers as a Sham

The Congress leader also highlighted the "unprecedented plight" of the sugarcane growers in western Uttar Pradesh, saying that the arrears were not being paid

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The Congress on Monday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love and concern for farmers as a sham and alleged that the agriculture sector was in crisis even as the union government was dishing out false claims.

Spokesman of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) Priyanka Gupta said that a recent incident where a potato farmer in Agra got Rs 490 against a sale of 19,000 kg of his produce exposed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments.

“Farmers are neck-deep in debts but both the state and union governments were looking the other way,” she said.

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The Congress leader also highlighted the “unprecedented plight” of the sugarcane growers in western Uttar Pradesh, saying that the arrears were not being paid.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that all arrears would be cleared by November 30, 2018, but this has not happened and farmers as a result are not being able to pay power bills and the power department is cutting their connections, sending them recovery notices,” Gupta said.

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She also cited the growing incidences of suicides by farmers and said that be it farmers of tomato, potato or any other crop they are suffering huge losses due to the “faulty policies and indifference of the governments”. (IANS)