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President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy
President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy

Uttam demands financial assistance for rain-hit farmers

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Friday demanded that the State Government extend immediate financial assistance to farmers who were hit due to unseasonal rains that lashed various parts of Telangana.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said lakhs of quintals of paddy, maize and other farm produce which were brought to market yards for sale has been damaged causing heavy loss of crores of rupees. Similarly, farmers have suffered extensive damage due to loss of standing crops in many parts of the State.

Besides paddy, maize, cotton and chilli, mango crop suffered the most. Vegetable crops were also damaged due to sudden heavy downpour.

He demanded that the State Government conduct enumeration of losses by sending teams of officials to affected regions so as to seek Central relief. However, he said the State Government should pay immediate compensation to the affected farmers.

The TPCC Chief pointed out that this was the third time this summer that farmers in many parts of Telangana had suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains.

Stating that at least 10 people have been killed in rain-related incidents so far, he demanded that ex-gratia be paid to the families of victims.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also directed the Congress cadre to visit the affected areas and meet the victims to extend all necessary help. (INN)

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