Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N Uttam Kumar Reddy today strongly condemned the lethargic and inhuman approach adopted by TRS...
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N Uttam Kumar Reddy today strongly condemned the lethargic and inhuman approach adopted by TRS Government in assessing the losses caused to agriculture sector in the recent heavy rains. Speaking to mediapersons after interacting with the affected farmers in Mahabubnagar district, the TPCC chief said the State Government deviated from the set procedures to enumerate the losses. "The district administration was not briefed properly on the enumeration of crop losses and other damages to the agriculture sector. Consequently, an informal approach was adopted to prepare reports on estimated losses. No effort was made by the government to gather information on exact losses caused to the agriculture sector," he said.
Accompanied with MLAs G Chinna Reddy and DK Aruna, TPCC Vice-President and ex-MP Mallu Ravi and other leaders, Mr Reddy visited the crop damaged areas in Jedcherla constituency, Balanagar and Nawabpet mandals of Mahabubnagar district. "We found that lakhs of acres of beans, jowar, cotton, paddy, castor crops were completely destroyed due to heavy rains. According to official figures, three lakh acres of Maize and 20,000 acres of jowar were damaged due to scanty rainfall in July and August. Similarly, due to heavy rainfall in September, nearly 20,000 acres of cotton and paddy were damaged. ''It is highly shocking that no report on village-wise and farmer-wise losses has been prepared by the State Government. We were told by the District Administration that they were asked by the State Government to conduct only preliminary estimate of losses," he said.
Mr Reddy said the attitude and approach adopted by TRS Government was "anti-farmer" and detrimental to the interest of Telangana State. He said due to faulty enumeration, the State Government is not in a position to seek required assistance from the Centre and other agencies. The TPCC chief demanded the State Government to immediately conduct detailed enumeration of losses to agriculture sector due to heavy rains and floods. He said the compensation to all affected farmers should be paid without any delay. "The government should help the ryots, who are in utter distress. It should clear the dues of crop loan waiver scheme and free farmers from debt," he demanded. Meanwhile, Congress leaders across the Telangana State, visited the affected areas to record the actual losses suffered due to heavy rains. They consoled the peasants and assured that Congress would make representations with the authorities concerned to get adequate compensation.