Supply 24-hr power to agriculture: Etela Rajender
Finance Minister E Rajender faced the wrath of different farmers’ associations and members of Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) at Girnibavi of Duggondi mandal in Warangal Rural district.
Warangal Rural: Finance Minister E Rajender faced the wrath of different farmers’ associations and members of Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) at Girnibavi of Duggondi mandal in Warangal Rural district.
The incident occurred when hundreds of protestors including women staged ‘Sadak Bandh’ protest on farmer’s issues at Girnibavi on Thursday. They squatted on the road obstructing the Minister’s convoy, when he was going to attend a programme at Narsampet.
Police used force to disperse the protestors, who continued to block the road for some time and entered into heated arguments with the police. Police arrested the protestors, including Nunna Appa Rao of CPI (ML) New Democracy, M Chander Rao of Rythu JAC and cleared the road for the Minister’s convoy to pass through.
Later addressing a public meeting at Narsampet, where the local agriculture market committee swearing in programme was held, Rajender challenged the Congress and BJP governments in other states to supply 24-hour power to agriculture.
He said the TRS government led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was committed to welfare of farming community in the State and to stop farmer suicides. Irrigation facilities and crop investment support were being provided to farmers.
Besides free power supply, seeds and fertilisers, now accidental insurance scheme was going to be offered to the farmers. The government trusts in the slogan ‘Jai Kisan Jai Jawan’ and the government’s welfare measures were rewriting the history, he said.
Minister Rajender accused the Central government led by PM Narendra Modi of not cooperating with the State government, when it proposed crop loans waiver. Nearly 44 persons have defaulted Rs 8 lakhs crores of bank loans and the PM offered Rs 2 lakh crore to banks to help them.
But the PM was not ready support the government to waive Rs 17,000 crore crop loans, he said adding the State government constructed warehouses with a total capacity of 19 lakh metric tonnes, while the earlier governments could construct godowns of 4 lakh tonnes capacity only.
The development funds were sanctioned to all constituencies without any partisan approach, he noted. On the day, Minister Rajender along with MP Sitaram Naik, TS Civil Supplies Corporation chairman P Sudharshan Reddy and others inaugurated a 5,000 metric tonnes capacity godown at Venkatapuram village and a 33/11 KV sub-station constructed at Adavi Rangapuram of Duggondi mandal in the district.