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Bengal farm policy letter

Calcutta: The Bengal chief minister on Wednesday wrote to the Centre with suggestions on agriculture policies that needed to be pursued and measures that could increase effectiveness of 100 days' job scheme.

The trigger behind the letter is Thursday's NITI Aayog meeting, which she cannot attend as she is visiting north Bengal.

"The letter is addressed to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the chairman of Niti Ayog's sub-group of chief ministers on agriculture and MGNREGA. She has stressed that issues like waiver of institutional loans for small and marginal farmers and financial support for them should be discussed during the meeting," said a source.

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