Etela Attributes Suicides to Faulty Policies of Congress & TDP

KARIMNAGAR: Accusing previous Congress and TDP governments of indulging in corrupt practices and irregularities, Finance Minister Etela Rajender today alleged that the former resorted to loot public money.

Participating in the State governmenta��s flagship program a�?Mission Kakatiyaa�? for restoration of lakes, water bodies and ponds at Sultanabad inA�Karimnagar district, Rajender attributed the unabated suicides by the farmers to the asymmetrical policies of the previous governments. He slammed Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, for needlessly criticizing Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao for no fault.

Rajender alleged that Congress leaders had indulged in illegal occupation of prime lands, besides emptying the exchequer. Lakhs of houses constructed under Indiramma Housing Scheme have not reach the poor, and the Congress leaders pocketed the money when they were in power, he charged.

However, the 10-month-old TRS Government has kept its poll-eve promises, besides coming up with many welfare schemes for the people and farmers, he claimed. He said the TRS Government was committed to welfare of the poor and farmers.

a�?We have waived of about 17,500 crore rupees as part of the farm loans and will do so in the near futurea�?, Rajender said. For the implementation of the welfare schemes alone, the State government allotted 4,200 crore rupees and would further earmark another 200 crore rupees, he added.

Rajender appealed to the people and farmers to participate in the Lake Restoration Program to get their farmlands irrigated.

a�?Unless the farmers involved in the program, they would not water for their cropsa�?, he said, adding that use of silt from the lakes and ponds would be useful as organic fertilizers and would help avoid fertilizers and get bumper crop. (NSS)

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