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Farmers’ committees are KCR’s election gimmick: Uttam

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the State Government immediately withdraw GO. MS. No. 39 pertaining to formation of farmers’ committees (Rythu Samanvaya Samithis) at various levels.

Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao intends to accommodate TRS workers in the proposed committees through backdoor so as to enable them misuse public funds for political gains in next elections.

He said that the proposed payment of Rs. 4,000 per acre as input subsidy to farmers was an election gimmick which KCR wants to play through TRS workers. “This is completely unacceptable and Congress party would oppose it tooth and nail,” he said.

However, he clarified that the Congress party was not against giving Rs. 4,000 input subsidy to farmers. But he said it should be distributed through District Administration and through ‘TRS Committees’.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also pointed out various flaws in the GO MS No. 39. He said that the GO clearly says that the entire exercise was being carried out at the directions of the Chief Minister. “This was not discussed either in the State Cabinet or in Assembly.

Therefore, the GO lacks required sanctity. Further, as per the GO, the proposed committees are being granted financial and judicial powers to settle land disputes among farmers in villages. This is completely unconstitutional and should not be allowed,” he said.

The TPCC chief said that the Chief Minister was trying to nullify the presence of entire Revenue and Land Administration system in the State. He said that the GO empowers the ‘TRS committees’ to finalise the list of beneficiaries for distribution of Rs. 4,000 per acre input subsidy planned to be distributed among farmers from next year.

“KCR is trying to impose extra-constitutional committees of TRS workers over all farmers so as to pressurise them to support their party in next elections,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the present exercise being carried out by the TRS Government was nothing but an attempt to cover up the failures during the last three years. “Of 12 initiatives taken by the TRS Government, as mentioned in the GO MS 39, three of them utterly failed while others remained a non-starter,” he said.

He said the crop loan waiver scheme was not implemented properly which kept lakhs of farmers hooked to their debts for over three years. The fourth installment for thousands of farmers is yet to be cleared and the government did not bear the interest burden despite the Chief Minister’s assurance in Assembly on multiple occasions.

He said that the agricultural productivity decreased from 107 lakh tonnes to just 47 lakh tonnes in the last three years. “Free power for farm sector is in implementation since 2004 when Congress party came to power. Therefore, the TRS Government cannot take credit for the same.

Further, the credit for increase in hours of power supply also goes to Congress as many power projects started during Congress period have now become operational. TRS Government did not generate a single unit of additional power during the last three years,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy ridiculed KCR’s claim that his government took steps to make farming remunerative. He said that people still remember the protests held by Chilli farmers for not getting remunerative prices and they would never forget that Tribal farmers of Khammam were implicated in false cases,

arrested, chained and hand-cuffed when they protested for not getting proper prices for their produce. He said all other proposals like promotion of Crop Colonies, Micro Irrigation, Poly Houses, etc., were mere election promises which KCR is making through GO instead of party manifesto.

Uttam Kumar Reddy slammed KCR for his silence over suicide by more than 3,500 farmers and asked as to why no compensation was paid to their families. Further, he said thousands of farmers who lost their crops due to natural calamities were yet to get financial assistance from the government.

Stating that KCR should stop dreaming of facing next elections through trickery of farmers’ committee, Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the government immediately scrap GO MS 39. He said that the Congress party would organise protest across the Telangana State on September 11 against the GO.

Further, he said that the Congress party, in coordination with other opposition parties, would constitute Rythy Sanrakshana Samithis (Farmers Protection Committee) in all villages.

TPCC Working President Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, ex-PCC President V. Hanumantha Rao, former ministers Sridhar Babu and Sabitha Indira Reddy, Kishan Congress chairman Kodanda Reddy, ex-Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy and Ranga Reddy DCC President Kayam Mallesh were also present. (INN)

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