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Haryana govt taking important steps in farmers' interest: Dushyant Chautala

Chandigarh, Jul 12 (UNI) Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Sunday said the state government is taking many important steps in the interest of farmers of the state, so that they can become an important link of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'.
He said the state government has taken a major decision in the interest of farmers to reduce the stamp duty charged while taking loans, and said that this will provide a big relief to lakhs of small farmers of the state.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the state government has decided to reduce the stamp duty from Rs 2,000 to just Rs 100. This will reduce the economic burden on the farmers' pockets. He said that earlier, every farmer had to pay Rs 2,000 as stamp duty to take loans from cooperative and government banks.
There had been a long-standing demand by the farmers to reduce this stamp duty, which has been fulfilled by the state government.
Giving information about another decision taken in the interest of farmers, Mr Chautala said that earlier, the interest-free loan facility was available only on loans taken from cooperative institutions and the limit was Rs 1.5 lakh.
But the present state government has decided that the facility of interest-free loans will also be provided to those farmers who take crop loans of up to Rs 60,000 per acre, or a maximum of Rs three lakh from any nationalized bank or cooperative bank.
He said that farmers can avail the benefit of this facility by repaying the loan on the scheduled time, by declaring all cooperative loans taken by them on the 'Meri Fasal-Mera Byora' portal.
Mr Chautala said the state government is continuously making efforts to reduce the risk of farmers and encouraging them to adopt new and modern farming practices.
Apart from this, it is also taking concrete steps for the improvement of saline and waterlogged land in the State, he added.
He informed that about 11 lakh acres of land in the state is affected by the problem of salinity and water-logging. In view of the seriousness of this problem, the state government has set a target to improve one lakh acres of affected land in the year 2020-21. This work will be promoted under PPP in mission mode.
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