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NIZAMABAD: The TRS government's reported move to impose a cap on farm loan waiver triggered massive protests in north Telangana on Thursday with farmers burning effigies of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and opposition parties demanding waiving of all agricultural loans without any upper limit on the borrowings.

Farmers in Nizamabad and Adilabad vented their ire at the government by uprooting TRS flagpoles and staging dharnas.

Within a few hours of the state government's reported decision to restrict the farm loan waiver scheme only to borrowings between June 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014, the farming community turned its anger at the ruling party. They accused Chandrashekar Rao of "betraying farmers" after coming to power in the new state.

The farmers turned furious following reports that the waiver benefit will be only to farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh taken during the last two crop seasons (Khariff 2013 and Rabi 2013), and the scheme does not apply to loans availed for agri-allied activities or gold loans. However, the state government has not made any official announcement on the waiver or its modalities so far.

While ryots at Manthani village of Armoor mandal destroyed TRS flagpoles, their counterparts in Dupalli village of Renjal mandal burnt the effigy of Chandrasekhar Rao. Farmers of Neela Thadbiloli and Renjal submitted memoranda to local tehsildars demanding complete waiver of all types of farm loans.

Demonstrations were also held at Machareddy, Domakonda and Thadwai mandals in Nizamabad district.

In Adilabad, farmers from different villages staged 'rasta rokos' at Kisan Chowk in the town. They raised slogans demanding that the state government issue clarification on loan waiver. Bharatiya Kisan Morcha activists blocked road traffic at Husnabad in Karimnagar district.

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh all-India executive member Sai Reddy, who led the agitation, said there should not be any restriction on waiver of farm loans. "In similar schemes, earlier governments waived all types of farm loans without any ceiling. The TRS government should not backtrack," he pointed out. A delegation of farmers will call on the chief minister on June 10

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