Rescue Rain-Hit Farmers : Chada

HYDERABAD: Saying that farmers in north Telangana districts – Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda and Warangal – lost their crops and orchards completely due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms from April 8 to April 15, Telangana State CPI secretary Chada Venkat Reddy has demanded that the State government initiate relief measures on a war-footing and pay adequate compensation to them.

In a letter to Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday, the CPI leader stated that he visited the affected districts on April 11 and witnessed colossal loss of paddy and commercial crops.

Stating that farmers were losing everything during the natural calamities, Venkat Reddy urged the Chief Minister to get the crop damage assessed by the end of this month and ensure adequate compensation to the farmers. He also requested to build new houses each at a cost of 5 lakh rupees for those who lost their roofs in the rain havoc.

The CPI leader urged the Chief Minister to pay ex gratia of five lakh rupees to each affected farmer and 20,000 rupees for every animal perished in thunderbolt. He also requested KCR to pay 10,000 rupees per acre for paddy and 40,000 rupees per acre on commercial crops. As the plight of the farmers was heart-rending, he urged the CM to rise to the occasion and wipe tears of the rain-affected farmers immediately. (NSS)

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