Farmers In Distress In TDP Rule

Lingapuram (Kurnool dist), Jan 8: Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said ever since Chandrababu Naidu took over, farmers are in distress with the anti-people polices of the State and the severe drought conditions which were unattended by the state. ‘Chandrababu Naidu has brought drought with him and farmers are undergoing hardships as the loan waiver scheme has not been fulfilled and no fresh loans are forthcoming,’ he said while addressing a public meeting here on Sunday as part of the Rythu Bharosa Yatra.

While bankers have fixed Rs 24,000 crores and Rs 9,800 crores as target for crop and term loans respectively, they could only disburse Rs 4,900 crores as many farmers had turned defaulters believing Chandrababu Naidu’s promise of loan waiver to farmers and DWACRA groups. The Chief Minister, who never spoke about farmers in any of the cabinet meetings, started telling that he was happy about the functioning of banks.

Farmers had to leave away the onion crop as they were not getting Minimum Support Price (MSP). Not just onion but the same is the case with chilies, tomato and paddy. Kurnool rice has been very famous but farmers are under duress due to the indifference of the State Government, he said adding that the local paddy is not even fetching Rs 1,250.

Before elections, he had promised that he would waive all agriculture and DWCRA loans and create jobs. The publicity was so intense that all walls were filled with his poll promises.

One youth has said that Chandrababu Naidu owes him Rs 64,000 during his 32 month terms at the rate of Rs 2,000 per month as unemployment stipend. Such words of wisdom should serve as eye opener to the state, he said.

While the input cost has increased manifold, no single crop is getting MSP. Ironically Chandrababu Naidu claims that the growth rate of the state is more than that of the nation. To end such a barbaric rule we have to join hands and fight for justice, he said.

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