Will seek action against banks refusing loan to orchardists: DG horticulture

Will seek action against banks refusing loan to orchardists: DG horticulture
File photo (Director Genral Horticulture, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat )

Bandipora: The Director general horticulture, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat Monday said that they will seek action from the higher authorities against those bank officials refusing loans to orchardists for different official schemes.

The DG was attending an awareness cum training camp for the tribal population in remote Ketsan village in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. He was accompanied by Deputy Director Horticulture Kashmir, Chief Horticulture Officer, Bandipora and other Officers of the Department.

He said," there were different schemes for self-employment in different departments which these tribals could take benefit from. Be it horticulture, agriculture, Khadi, tribal affairs, sheep, animal husbandry etc, which can run smoothly for the benefit of people in these areas."

"Now if they face issues with the banks, we have told them that they bring it to our or deputy commissioners notice. For sure justice will be done so that they too feel there is some change," Bhat said.

He said, "we will bring these issues to the notice of the higher authorities and action will be sought so that more and more employment avenues are created and this campaign will continue."

Director General Horticulture further, elaborated in detail about the incentives available under the various central and UT sponsored schemes of the department viz. MIDH, PMDP, SMAM, PMKSY, CAPEX etc., and urged the tribal farmers to come forward and avail the benefits under these schemes.

On spot, instructions were given to the Chief Horticulture Officer to give a due share in all the developmental schemes to tribal farmers particularly Veri-Compost Units, Bore wells etc. He further directed him to issue at least one custom hiring unit in the area under the relevant scheme.

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