Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sowing seeds as part of Eruvaka Pournami celebrations at Amudalavalasa in Srikakulam on Thursday
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sowing seeds as part of Eruvaka Pournami celebrations at Amudalavalasa in Srikakulam on Thursday

Srikakulam: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu kicked off celebrations of Eruvaka Pournami, an occasion to rejoice the onset of monsoon and the commencement of agriculture operations in the state, by announcing Chandranna Rythu Bhima at Amudalavalasa here on Thursday.

The scheme will be applicable to farmers up to 70 years of age. If any farmer dies accidentally or suffers permanent disability, his family members would be entitled to a payment of Rs 5 lakh. In case of natural death, the farmer's family would get Rs 30,000.

The scheme also covers medical expenses for treatment to injuries. The Chief Minister, who launched kharif operations at Ravikantipeta in Amudalavalasa mandal, inspected stalls arranged by various departments at NTR green field stadium at Timmapuram in the same mandal.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister went ballistic at the BJP for creating impediments in the growth of the state which was nothing but wreaking political vendetta against Telugu Desam Party for parting ways with the NDA.

Naidu pointed out that the agriculture sector was suffering because of the unhelpful and inimical stand that the Centre had taken in respect of the state. "We are not getting funds for Polavaram, the lifeline of the state and for construction of Amaravati. We have been denied steel plant in Kadapa district and there is no word about special category status.

The Chief Minister also went after the YSRC saying that the people did not need such parties in the first place. YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is more concerned about getting off the CBI hook than doing anything for the people and that was the reason why he was getting closer to the BJP, he said.

Lashing out at BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana, the Chief Minister said that he was a man who was about to join YSRC but decided against it when the BJP offered him the post of state president. 

“Do you call this ethics,” Naidu asked and wondered what right he had to call the Telugu Desam Party and its leaders as lacking in ethical values.
The Chief Minister promised to complete all the on-going and pending irrigation projects in the district with an investment of Rs 2,000 crore for developing 8 lakh acres of ayacut.

He asked the farmers to adopt farm mechanisation and go in for organic farming across the state by 2024. Chandrababu Naidu, however, skirted the issue related to reopening of sugar factory at Amudalavalasa. In fact, in 2014 elections, he had promised to take steps for reopening it. Those who were present on the dais included ministers K Kala Venkata Rao and K Atchen Naidu.