Shabbir slams CM for diverting farmers’ Central subsidy funds

Hyderabad: Congress MLC Mohammed Ali Shabbir has charged the KCR Government with totally neglecting farmers in Telangana. Accusing the State government of diverting Rs 750 crore input subsidy of farmers granted by the Centre, Shabbir Ali demanded that government clear the farmers’ pending crop insurance dues, farmers loan waiver dues, input subsidy dues besides crop losses dues to unseasonal rains in September last.

Welcoming the Supreme Court direction to formulate a comprehensive national policy on farmers and directed the Center and State to submit reports within 30 days, Shabbir Ali said on Saturday the SC decision was a slap in the face of the KCR Government. While some 3,000 farmers have committed suicide since 2014 in Telangana, the KCR Government is only promoting industry and not agriculture, which is the livelihood base for 70 percent of the State population. He said the KCR Government is responsible for farmers’ suicides as the government has failed to deposit 25% of the crop insurance amount in farmers’ bank accounts.

Shabbir Ali said the Chief Minister was not honoring his own statements he had made in the Assembly on clearing farmers’ loans, input subsidies and also the crop insurance dues till now. Deputy leader in the Council and MLC Pongulati Sudhakar Reddy was also present. –NSS

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