Governor Authorizes State Debt Relief Commission

Cabinet at its meeting last month decided to bring in an order reviving the panel

Cabinet at its meeting last month decided to bring in an order reviving the panel

Governor ESL Narasimhan learned on Thursday that he had approved the recent State Cabinet resolution to revive the State’s Debt Relief Commission which faced harsh weather conditions after it was established by Assembly legislation three years ago.

The Telangana State Commission for Debt Relief (Small Farmers, Farm Labor and Rural Artisans) Act 2016 was enacted with a chairman and five members to prevent farmers in debt from being harassed by private lenders. The government considered, through legislation, bailing out all farmers by waiving or rescheduling loans when farmers took them at high interest rates and fell prey to forced collection.

As the legislation failed to take off, BJP and Congress leaders N. Indrasena Reddy and M. M. Kodanda Reddy respectively petitioned the High Court who ordered its constitution headed by a retired High Justice. Court. The government appointed only two members of the group, but did not name the chairman.

As this invited contempt proceedings, the government issued an order on June 24 facilitating the appointment of a “notorious person” with experience in agriculture, finance and law as president. As a result, N. Venkateswarlu from Parkal in the former Warangal district was appointed chairman.

However, the ordinance lapsed on December 23 after the six-month delay that jeopardized the fate of the committee chairman due to the dissolution of the Assembly and early elections.

Under these circumstances, the Council of Ministers at its meeting last month decided to bring in an order reviving the commission.

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