Waiver of beneficiary contribution demanded
While appreciating the sheep rearing scheme launched by the State government, Telangana Joint Action Committee (T JAC) Chairman Prof M Kodandaram wondered why beneficiaries are forced to contribute Rs 30,000 for each unit of sheep.
Shankarampet (A) (Medak): While appreciating the sheep rearing scheme launched by the State government, Telangana Joint Action Committee (T JAC) Chairman Prof M Kodandaram wondered why beneficiaries are forced to contribute Rs 30,000 for each unit of sheep.
Speaking at a huge gathering of people in Shankarampet (A) mandal headquarters as part of the ‘Amarula Spoorthy Yatra’ on the second day of the yatra on Thursday, he wished that the government had not collected even a single penny from shepherds and distribute as many sheep as the government can give within the framework of Rs 90,000 subsidy.
“The farmers cannot afford contribute Rs 30,000 per each sheep unit. Shepherds are not in position to raise such a huge money towards their contribution. Many are left with no option, but to take loans from private moneylenders,” he said.
On agriculture subsidy, he said merely by giving Rs 4,000 per an acre to farmers to enable them to purchase fertiliser and pesticides, the problems confronting the farmers cannot be solved, he felt.
“The High Court had directed the State government to take suggestions from farmers’ organisations to formulate a clear and comprehensive agricultural policy. We had demanded constitution of farmers’ commission to address the issues of farmers.
The State government had also told the High Court that the suggestions were all very good. But two years passed since the High Court made the suggestion. But no action has been initiated by the government,” he added.
He wondered how it was possible that the farmers still remained indebted to the banks while the State government claimed to have waived the farm loans completely.
Prof Kodandaram alleged that the State government was squandering thousands of cores of rupees by taking up construction of overhead tanks though such structures were already present in villages.
Addressing a meeting at Dr B R Ambedkar’s statue at Rajiv Chowk in Narayankhed, he said that the State government was spending Rs 46,000 crore on Mission Bhagiratha by constructing overhead tanks in villages where such structures were already existing. So is the case with the pipelines.
“This double expenditure can easily be avoided. With just Rs 16,000 crore the entire project can be completed and thus the government can save Rs 30,000 crore which can be used to construct six lakh 2BHK houses, said Prof Kodandaram.