Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday slammed the state government for its failure to take steps for the welfare of farmers despite crops in lakhs of acres withering due to drought.
Talking to media persons at NTR Trust Bhavan, Naidu said that crops in 700 mandals in 16 districts were affected due to severe drought. Stating that crops spread over 37 lakh acres was damaged due to drought, he demanded that the state government declare 700 mandals as drought hit and take steps to help the affected farmers.
Expressing serious concern over the pathetic condition of farmers, Naidu alleged that both the Centre and State governments have been ignoring the plight of farmers. He also criticized the governments for increasing prices of fertilizers and seeds which have worsened their financial situation. He said the rising agriculture costs have forced many farmers to give up their profession.
The TDP chief demanded that the government implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee report after discussing the same in the Parliament. He said that the restrictions imposed on export of rice and cotton has forced the farmers to sell their produce at low price.
To protest against government’s indifferent attitude towards farmers, Naidu said that he would launch ‘Rythu Poru Yatra’ from November 2 in drought affected mandals. The proposed Yatra will begin on November 2 from Anantapur followed by Kadapa on Nov 3 and Kurnool on Nov 4.
Later, while addressing the party workers on the occasion of appointment of Putta Sudhakar Yadav of Kothapalli village in Brahmamgarimatham of Kadapa district as Mudukuru constituency in-charge, Naidu said that during the TDP regime the party had taken up several welfare programmes and development activities in Kadapa district for the benefit of the poor but all those programmes were either diluted or abandoned by the present government.
He alleged that all development in Kadapa had been limited to only to the Idupulapaya estate of YS Rajasekhara Reddy while lakhs of rural poor in the district were still struggling for two meals a day. (INN)
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