Declare entire Warangal dist as drought-affected: CPM

Declare entire Warangal dist as drought-affected: CPM
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Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders in the district have demanded the State government to declare all mandals in Warangal district as drought-affected. The CPI (M) and CITU workers have on Thursday organised demonstrations at all mandal headquarters, highlighting drought situation and seeking immediate measures to address the issue. 

Warangal: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders in the district have demanded the State government to declare all mandals in Warangal district as drought-affected. The CPI (M) and CITU workers have on Thursday organised demonstrations at all mandal headquarters, highlighting drought situation and seeking immediate measures to address the issue.

The party workers have under taken ‘Karuvu Yatra’ across the district from April 1 to 6 to study drought conditions. The State government declared only 11 mandals out of 51 mandals in the district as drought-affected even though the drought situation in all mandals was severe.

The government even failed to take up any relief measures in 11 mandals, alleged CPM district secretary S Vasudeva Reddy. Though the Central government allocated Rs 790 crore towards drought relief measures, the State government has failed to submit a report on drought conditions and to make use of the central funds.

Due to lack of drought relief measures, the unemployed and agriculture labour were migrating to urban areas in search of livelihood. The bills pending under MNREGS were not being cleared causing trouble to labourers, he added. The government, which failed to allocate funds to address drought situation, has taken special care to offer heavy hike in the wages of MLAs.

The Kanthanapalli project was shifted to Tupakulagudem and allocated a meagre amount of Rs 200 crore in the budget. CITU district secretary B Chakrapani wanted the government to increase working days under MNREGS to 200 days and fix minimum wage at Rs 300 per day. Compensation to tenant farmers who lost crops should be paid.

The government should take the drought situation seriously and launch all out efforts to provide relief to the farmers and common people in the villages. Otherwise, serious agitations would be taken up across the state, he warned.

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