Thrivananthapuram: The state government has decided to allow a loan waiver up to RS 2 lakh for farmers, VS Sunil Kumar, Agriculture Minister informed the assembly. The minister was replying to the emergency motion forwarded by AC Balakrishnan , Congress MLA over peasant suicide . The opposition alleged government to have failed to address farmer suicide in the state. Expressing dissatisfaction over the reply the opposition held a walkout from the assembly.
Agriculture Minister said a meeting of the banks in Panchayath level is to be mustered up in order to avoid attaching properties in all types of farmer-loans. The process is completed in Idukki and the meeting will be convened in other districts including Wayanad. Fifteen farmers including ten farmers in Idukki and five farmers in Wayanad committed suicide. All the loans taken by farmers are to be included under the ambit of moratorium.