India, Aug. 14 -- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has urged Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das to extend the moratorium on repayment of crop loans in Kerala to December 31 in a letter written on August 9.

Following last year's floods, RBI gave a moratorium on the repayment of farm loans -- Kerala has around 7.5 million farm loans worth Rs 80,803 crore -- till July 31. The state was trying to have this extended even before heavy floods of the past week but with little luck.

In a letter to RBI governor, Gandhi, a parliamentarian from Wayanad said Kerala has witnessed the worst floods in over a century (in 2018) and the devastating impact of the deluge has made it difficult for farmers to repay agriculture loans on account of ...