New Delhi: The government on Monday announced loans at a subsidised interest rate of 6% for farmers who pay their dues in time, which is 1% less than what others would get.
“I am also happy to announce that for this year the government will pay an additional subvention of 1% as an incentive to those farmers who repay their short term crop loan on schedule. Thus the interest rate for these farmers will come down to 6% per annum,” finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said in the Budget 2009-10.
Also Read More on Budget 2009
The Centre has allocated Rs411 crore more in this budget for this purpose over and above the allocation made during the interim budget, he added.
Mukherjee said the governmnet would continue the interest subvention scheme on short term crop loan of up to Rs3 lakh at 7% interest rate.
The government also hiked the target of agricultural credit for 2009-10 to Rs3,25,000 crore after achieving last year’s target when the government had disbursed Rs2,87,000 crore of farm loan as against the target of Rs2,80,000 crore.
Mukherjee said the debt waiver scheme, announced during 2008-09 budget, would be extended till 31 December this year, in view of delay in monsoon. The Rs71,000 crore scheme, which covered four crore farmers, had ended in June 2009.
He also announced setting up a task force to examine a large number of farmers in parts of Maharashtra who had been left out of this scheme as they had taken loans from private money lenders.