Farmers groaning under TRS rule’
Kodandaram proposes steps to help farm sector
Hyderabad: Alleging that the farmers were facing insults under TRS rule, Telangana Political JAC Chairman Prof M Kodandaram has warned no government had survived doing injustice to the farmers’ community.
Prof Kodandaram observed a one-day Rythu Deeksha at Indira Park in Hyderabad on Sunday along with dozens of his supporters. Speaking on the occasion, he said the TRS government had left the farmers’ problems to the wind. Prof Kodandaram said 60 percent of the people in the state are dependent upon agriculture. The farm sector is the main pillar of state economy and business will boom only when the agriculture sector flourishes, he said.
Prof Kodandaram wanted the KCR government to introduce a comprehensive agriculture policy, Seed Act and Farmers’ Income Security Act, create an Agriculture Fund and provide social security to farmers. The government should refrain from acquiring lands indiscriminately, he said, and made it clear that the government has to give an equal area of land to the farmers when their land was acquired. It was unwise to think that companies would flock to the state if lands were given to them, he said.
Prof. Kodandaram made it clear that he staged the Rythu Deeksha to mount pressure on the government to solve the farmers’ problems. He asked the government to waive farm loans and control the flow of spurious seeds in the market. He said the government has made every farmer in the state to bear a debt burden of Rs 93,000 with its policies though the farmers haven’t got any benefit from it.
Finding fault with the TRS government for stating that it was implementing several schemes for people’s welfare, Justice Chandra Kumar alleged that in practice nothing has happened.
Several Rythu Unions leaders, Prof Haragopal, Prof Rama Melkote, former MLCs Chukka Ramaiah and Prof Nageshwar, Justice Chandra Kumar, senior journalists Potturi Venkateswara Rao, Dr K Ramachandra Murthy, K Srinivas Reddy, former MLAs Gummadi Narsaiah,, Janardhan Reddy and several others visited the Deeksha Camp and expressed their solidarity with Kodandaram.
Surprisingly, the state government deployed huge police force at Kodandaram’s deeksha place.