Woes of chilli farmers trigger chaos in House
Chilli farmers issue rocked the state Assembly on Tuesday as YSR Congress Party members trooped into the well and raised slogans against the state government and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Amaravati: Chilli farmers issue rocked the state Assembly on Tuesday as YSR Congress Party members trooped into the well and raised slogans against the state government and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Opposition Leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy or any member of his party did not speak at least a word in the House but held constant protest at the podium.
Members from treasury benches also did not try to provoke of Opposition. Chief Minister N Chandrbabu Naidu, during his speech on the Bill ‘AP Regulation of Appointments to Public Services and Rationalisation of Staff Pattern and Pay Structured Amendment Bill- 2017’, made few remarks criticising Opposition.
- YSRCP members gather at the Speaker’s podium and raise slogans against the state government and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu throughout the session
- They demand that the govt set up a Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 5,000 crore to help the farmers
- Opposition MLAs continued their protest until the Speaker adjourned the House sine die
- Opposition Leader Y S Jagan or any of his party members fail to speak on GST Bill in the House
The Chief Minister alleged that the opposition was not in a position to appreciate achievements of shuttler P V Sindhu at international level.
Earlier, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao rejected the adjournment motion introduced by YSR Congress Party.
YSRCP MLA G Srikanth Reddy said outside the House that the government was not giving priority to discuss on the plight of chilli farmers but was much interested in amending the Bill to do favour to P V Sindhu. He however made it clear that they were not against giving the post of Deputy Collector to Sindhu.
The Opposition raised slogans at the podium demanding setting up of Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 5,000 crore. They also alleged that the state government was anti-farmer and did not extend support when chilli farmers faced harsh conditions due to lack of reasonable price for their produce. They continued their protest till the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.
The Opposition members were not satisfied with measures taken by the government to provide a price of Rs 8,000 per quintal of chillies.
The government is providing a compensation of Rs 1,500 per quintal to the farmers if the price is less than Rs 8,000 per quintal in open market.
The Union government has also announced a scheme to buy chillies at Rs 5,000 per quintal till May 31. But the scheme will be implemented for 80,000 quintals only.
Opposition Leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy took part in a two-day fast in Guntur in support of chilli farmers earlier this month.