Telangana PCC president Bandi Sanjay has written an open letter to Chief Minister KCR. He reminded that crops were damaged due to untimely rains in the state. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to support them. He said that while the investments have increased, these rains have become like a palm that fell on a barking fox.
What is in the letter written by Revanth..
‘‘From the last four days across the state. Due to untimely rains, the condition of farmers has become miserable. On the one hand, agricultural investments have increased enormously, and in the absence of any intervention from the government, the disaster caused by untimely rains has become a burden on the silent fox. Hundreds of crores of rupees investment has been flooded in front of the eyes and the farmers have to mourn and bear the plight.
Uncertainty due to no announcement
Other crops including paddy in the early stages were destroyed and the crops were cut and dried. As it happens, the hard work that has been done by the wind has been reduced to ashes. Farmers are worried as the fruiting mango seeds are falling in the plantations. They are playing politics with the lives of farmers without caring about you. The absence of any announcement from the government or the agriculture department on the crop loss is causing concern among the farmers. Due to untimely rains in Vikarabad, Bhadadri, Mulugu, Bhupapalappalli, Sangareddy, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Khammam and Rangareddy districts, the crop loss was more than Rs.100 crore. , Pucca and other crops were damaged. In Vikarabad district, 1516 farmers in 3193 acres lost crops worth more than one crore rupees. Crops of tomato, onion, eggplant, mango, banana, chilli and cabbage were damaged. 1923 acres in Rangareddy district and 19 thousand acres in joint Khammam district were damaged. Combined Nalgonda 3130, Mulugu 1921, Bhupalapalli district has crop loss in 913 acres. In Khammam, Nalgonda and other districts, the parched grain got wet. Joint Medak District Raikod Corn, sorghum, sunflower, gram and vegetable crops were damaged in 900 acres belonging to 459 farmers in the mandal. Bhuvanagiri, Bommalaramaram, Yadagiri Gutta, Bibinagar, Mothkuru and Atmakuru mandals have suffered severe damage to various crops and mango orchards.
In the past, during such calamities, the state governments have called in central teams to assess the crop damage at the field level and inform the farmers. Steps will be taken to get compensation. There is no record that the process was ever undertaken after you came to power. As if this is not enough, crop insurance schemes have also been blocked. The Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme introduced by the Center and the revised Weather Crop Insurance Scheme are not being implemented in the state. If these schemes are implemented, the state government will have to pay a premium as a share of the scheme. Your promise in the 2018 election manifesto of loan waiver of Rs 1 lakh is still not fulfilled. Due to this, the debt of farmers in banks remains the same. Rythubandhu’s money continues to accrue as interest on that arrears. Banks are not giving new loans to farmers as the loan is not waived and the farmers do not pay dues. Due to this, the farmers have to depend on private moneylenders again.
It has become a routine for the farmers to suffer loss of crops due to untimely rains without compensation. The worst thing is that the government does not even have any scheme to support the farmers in the state due to natural calamities and heavy rains. This shows your hypocritical love for farmers. States which have not implemented the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme are supporting farmers through an alternative insurance scheme. It is unfortunate that such a system does not exist in this state. Farmers are in a situation of having to suffer huge losses in the event of natural calamities as farmers are not in a position to take crop insurance themselves without the government’s help. In this context, the government has been demanded to provide adequate compensation to the farmers who have suffered losses in the current season. Doing’’ Revanth Reddy stated in his letter to CM KCR.
These are the demands made by Revanth Reddy
• Crop loss due to untimely rains should be assessed immediately.
• Since your negligence is the reason for not implementing crop insurance… the state government should pay compensation at the rate of Rs.15 thousand per acre.
• The government should pay premium from the next crops and take immediate steps to implement crop insurance schemes.
• Rs. lakh farmer loan waiver funds should be released immediately.
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