Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the State Government issue a White Paper giving complete details of crop loan waiver scheme.
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan here on Wednesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy welcomed the release of Rs. 4,000 crore by the State Government towards the last instalment of crop loan waiver scheme dues. He said that the Congress party has finally succeeded in forcing TRS Govt to clear the dues.
However, he said that the GO. RT. No. 860 issued for BRO for Rs. 4,000 Crore was still not available on official GOs website. “This gives rise to suspicion on State Government’s intentions. TRS Govt did this several times in the past that it issued the BROs, but delayed the actual release of payment,” he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the TRS Government might have issued the BRO in view of TRS plenary and public meeting being held this month. He asked Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to stop playing such tricks with farmers.
The TPCC chief also condemned the TRS Government for diverting over Rs. 1,000 Crore of SC and ST funds to clear dues of crop loans waiver scheme.
“Of Rs. 4,000 Crore being cleared this time, Rs. 2,957 crore is being released as Grants-in-Aid under Scheme for Debt Relief to Farmers. Of remaining amount, Rs. 656.62 Crore is from Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes and Rs. 385.90 Crore is of Tribal Area Sub-Plan.
This diversion of funds is completely illegal and unacceptable. Funds meant for SCs and STs welfare should not be diverted for other purposes. KCR should have diverted funds from Mission Bhagiratha or other projects and not from SC, ST welfare funds,” he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said the entire dues must have been cleared in 2014-15 itself, the first year of TRS coming to power, as it was major election promise. However, the TRS Government kept the farmers hooked to their debts for almost three years.
He demanded that the State Government issue a detailed statement on the status of crop loan waiver scheme. “The Chief Minister must clarify that State Govt would be paying the interest, as promised in the Assembly, and no burden, whatsoever, would be passed on to farmers.
The State Level Bankers Committee should be asked to declare the release of all documents belonging to farmers and they must be issued ‘No Dues Certificates’,” he demanded.
The TPCC Chief also demanded that the TRS Govt pay compensation of Rs. 6 lakh each to the families of nearly 3,000 farmers who committed suicide since June 2014.
He said the government should release the amount of Rs. 180 crore for this purpose on immediate basis. Further, farmers who lost their crops due to drought and unseasonal rains should also be provided immediate relief.
“As demanded by Congress party in last budget session, State Government should announce a Market Intervention Fund of Rs. 1,000 Crore to bail out farmers in distress. For instance, Chilli farmers are facing problems due to falling prices and State Government should directly procure the chilli at Rs. 12,000 per quintal,” Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded. (INN)