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Rythu Bandhu scheme just eyewash: Bhatti

Rythu Bandhu scheme just eyewash: Bhatti
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Notwithstanding the fact that recent untimely rains have wreaked havoc on standing crops, the State government is yet to announce compensation to...

Khammam: Notwithstanding the fact that recent untimely rains have wreaked havoc on standing crops, the State government is yet to announce compensation to distressed farmers, TPCC Working President Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Bhatti Vikramarka criticised the government for its lackadaisical approach towards the rain-affected farmers. He said along with him, Congress Legislature Party leader K Jana Reddy, CLP Deputy Leader Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy and others extensively toured villages and enquired about the crop loss.

“We have found that there was an extensive damage to crops ready for harvest due to untimely rains. The way the administration conducting enumeration of crop loss is nothing but a show-off,” Bhatti Vikdramarka alleged. Moreover, the government is yet to respond on what it was planned for the farmers who lost their crops due to natural calamity, he added.

Referring to the Rythu Bandhu, farmers’ investment support scheme, the TPCC working president said that it was a welcome move but what about the losses incurred by the farmers in last four years. By launching Rythu Bandhu which gives Rs 4,000 per acre per season, the TRS government is trying to claim that it’s pro-farmer. This is nothing but chest-thumping, he said.

“Farmers in last four years never got minimum support price (MSP),” he said, stating that agriculture has become unprofitable in TRS government. Farmers cultivating cotton, chilli, red gram, green gram, maize etc have incurred huge losses in last four years, he said, referring to the prices in TRS government and during Congress regime. With the government turning a blind eye towards farmers’ issues, the middlemen and traders looted the farmers, he alleged.

“Unless the government ensures minimum support price to all major crops, it’s difficult to bail out the cultivators,” Bhatti Vikramarka said, stating that Rythu Bandhu scheme was just eyewash. DCC official spokesperson Puvvada Durgaprasad, ST Cell Khammam chairman Ramulu Naik and Seva Dal chairman Md. Javeed were among others present.

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