National Assembly refers Thal’s farmers loan issue to Special Committee

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly on Thursday referred the issue of loan payment by farmers of Thal to Zarai Taraqqiati Bank Limited to the Special Committee.

PTI MNA Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana sponsored a Calling Attention Notice (CAN)) regarding non-provision of relief to consistently drought-affected smallholder farmers of Thal area who are unable to repay their outstanding loans of Zarai Taraqqiati Bank Limited.

He said Thal area spread over 8, 00, 000 acre land and its farmers are unable to pay loans.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Zian Qureshi responded to this notice and said that loans are waived off for only calamity declared areas.

He said that Thal has not been declared as calamity hit area, however, the matter may be referred to Special Committee for further consideration on the matter.