The main opposition Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) demanded that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) waive the loans without any conditions as promised by it in its election manifesto.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K. Jana Reddy said the decision of the state government to waive off loans taken only during 2013-14 had caused concern among the farming community.

His counterpart in the legislative council D.Srinivas alleged that the TRS has cheated the farmers by declaring that loans taken only after June 1 last year will be waived.

He said the Congress party would launch an agitation to pressurize the government to fulfill its commitment.

TDP leader M. Narasimhulu said there should be no cut-off date for loan waiver. He told reporters that if any conditions are imposed, the TDP will protest strongly in the assembly.

Agriculture Minister P. Srinivasa Reddy clarified that the government has not taken any decision on cut-off date.

"This will be decided only after talks with the banks. The final decision will be taken in the cabinet," he said.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao on Wednesday held a meeting with the top bank officials to discuss implementation of the poll promise.

He had asked the banks to submit details of the outstanding farm loans. After the meeting, Finance Minister E. Rajender said that the loans taken after June 1 last year would be waived.

According to officials, waiving off all crop loans of up to Rs.1 lakh will entail a burden of Rs.25,000 crore on public exchequer.

If the scheme is restricted to last financial year, the burden can be halved.

The Chief Minister told a public meeting in Medak district on Wednesday that the loan waiver scheme will be implemented in 10 days and this will benefit 23 lakh farmers.

(Agencies)

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