KCR Announces Freebies To Farmers

 KCR not only announced free fertilisers to farmers from next year, he also promised to deposit of Rs. 4000 per acre in every farmer’s account before May 30

Hyderabad: The Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who participated in a meeting with farmers on Wednesday at Pragathi Bhavan announced various decisions intended for the farmers. A  large number of farmers who came from across the State to thank the CM for implementing loan waiver were showered with additional boons. The CM made sensational promises.

Speaking on the occasion, CM assured the farmers that they would be provided fertilisers free of cost. “There are 55 lakh farmers in the State and everybody will be provided with free fertilisers,”  he added, The farmers responded jubilantly to his announcement. “However, you should buy pesticides and seeds”, he suggested. He said that five bags of fertilisers would be provided per acre. “We would continue this until the farmers ask us to stop the scheme,” he added.

He told them that funds would be allocated in the next budget for the supply of fertilisers.  Until and unless the farmers are supported in various ways, it’s not possible to turn Telangana into a progressive State, he told.

He also promised them that an amount Rs. 4,000 per acre would be deposited in the accounts of farmers before May 30 every year. He suggested the farmers should form societies in every village.

He also vowed that he would bring Godavari waters to one crore acres of cultivable land. He told them that the government is striving to supply water to every acre in three to four years.

The Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy speaking on the occasion said that this is a historical day in Telangana. He also praised the KCR saying that he was the only  CM who waived loans of lakhs of farmers. Though the Centre, RBI did not co-operate, he waived loans worth Rs. 17 thousand crores for 36 lakh farmers he said. He thanked the CM on behalf of farmers in four phases. MP Kavitha, Mission Bhageerath vice chairman Prasanth Reddy and others participated.

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Will The Government Really Solve Problems Faced By The Farmers?

While the politicians are talking about the future, farmers are keener on knowing about the present. Instead of arresting the farmers, the government should take necessary measures to alleviate their problems.

Hyderabad: The suicide attempt of a farmer belonging to Jogulamba Gadwal on Tuesday and the death of a farmer in Nizamabad market yard today morning highlighted the apathy of the government towards the problems faced by farmers. It is an open secret that farmers, who are suffering due to lack of minimum support price, are resorting to suicides in desperation.

Apart from this, the recent hail storm too damaged the harvested crop of the farmers who kept their yield outside due to lack of sufficient storage facilities. They are worried whether they can sell their yield for a decent price.

Mallesh attempted suicide by consuming pesticide before CM’s camp office in Begumpet. Unable to come out of the debt trap, Mallesh came to the city to meet Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. As he could not meet the CM, Mallesh thought he had no other go except committing suicide. Luckily, somebody saw and took him to a hospital.

According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Telangana has become the second top state in suicides by farmers for the second consecutive year during 2015. It also stated that the reasons for the suicides are attributed to bankruptcy or indebtedness and farming related issues. Nothing seems to have improved since then.

However, these issues are not solved by any of the governments, though they express unlimited love for the ‘anna daata’ (the person who provides us food). The Telangana Chief Minister who grows organic crops in his farmhouse must be aware of the problems a farmer faces.

Reports said that KCR has ordered for a survey of farmers in the State. The survey will collect key information about land holding, tenant farmers, productivity, crop varieties, soil status, financial status of farmers, use of fertilisers, rural credit availability, indebtedness of the farmers and reasons for it, and market accessibility. The survey will be taken up under Under the banner of `Mana Telangana Mana Vyavasayam’ programme.

As the survey was ordered recently, it would only help the ruling party to talk about the problems of farmers during their election campaign and promise them to solve them.

While the politicians are talking about the future, farmers are asking about the present. Instead of arresting the farmers who protest in the agricultural yards and attack them as they could not be patient anymore, the government should take necessary measures to alleviate their problems.

Agriculture needs a proper strategy, not publicity about the schemes that governments want to introduce. Guaranteeing a minimum support price to the farmers could help them lead a decent life.

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Farmers are best engineers, take their advice: Minister Devineni Uma tells officials

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Minister for Water Resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, on Friday asked the officials to take advises from the farmers terming them as the best engineers.

Speaking at the Engineers Day celebrations marking the birth anniversary of engineer K Sivarama krishnaiah, the Minister said that the farmers with their practical experience on the field are the better engineers than those who work on the papers. He said that the farmers would know where the water could be stored, how the water could flow and how it could be distributed. He wanted the officials of the irrigation department to take the advice from the farmers while planning any project, even if it is a minor project on the stream or a flood bank.

The Minister also sought to advise the engineering students to move out of the classrooms and visit the project sites for practical knowledge. He explained how the State government had taken up the irrigation projects in the State and completed them on record time. He wanted them to visit the Polavaram Project site for greater practical knowledge on new engineering trends. He said that the government was working to complete the Polavaram project by 2018. The Chief Minister was working to link Godavari-Penna rivers that would end drought in the State, he asserted.

The Minister also asked the engineers of irrigation, panchayat raj, municipal and electrical departments to work in coordination and ensure that there would be no drinking water problem in the State this summer. He further added that the Chief Minister had already instructed the departments to work in tandem to provide drinking water to every village during the summer.

Recalling the contribution of late Sivaramakrishnaiah to the State, the Minister wanted the engineers to draw inspiration from the initiatives of the late engineer. He wanted the engineers to provide linkage to all the irrigation tanks in the villages and plan to prevent waste of water.

Irrigation advisor, Cherukuri Veeraiah, senior journalist Turlapati Kutumba Rao, Irrigation Secretary Sashibushan, Sivaramakrishnaiah’s widow Girija and others were present.

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Remain united, Kodandaram asks farmers

HYDERABAD: Former MLC Prof Nageshwar today sought that the Government should come up with a separate Act of providing suitable compensation to the farmers who suffer crop loss. He was participating in a workshop conducted on Farmers Suicides and steps to prevent by AP Ryothu Sangham at Sundharaiah Vignan Kendra here.

Nageshwar further asked the government why it cannot promulgate a suitable Act that will immediately address the farmers’ issues. He expressed concern at the denial of minimum support price to the agricultural produce when put up for sale. However, the farmers are forced to spend more money to get fertilizers and seeds. He also said that this situation should be reversed efficiently through setting up cold storages in all districts. Cold storage facility will help farmers store their produce and sell at a time when it fetches more price he said. He also attributed the pathetic condition of the farmers to the inefficiency of the government and non availability of adequate warehouses to store farm produce.

Telangana JAC convener Prof. M. Kodandaram has called upon various farmers’ associations to set aside differences and remain united for achievement of their long-pending demands. Prof. Kodandaram was addressing farmers, who met in the Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram at Bagh Lingampalli here on Sunday morning.

Stating that distressed farmers were committing suicides as there was no other go, he exhorted the farmers’ families to organize a meeting in the capital city. He also called upon the agriculture associations and intellectuals to work together to solve the crisis in the agriculture sector.

Justice Chandra Kumar present in the meeting where problems of farmers and their suicides were discussed. (NSS)

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