Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday strongly condemned the lethargic and inhuman approach adopted by the TRS Government in assessing the losses caused to agriculture sector in recent heavy rains.
Speaking to media persons after interacting with affected farmers in Mahabubnagar district, the TPCC chief said that the State Government deviated from the set procedures to enumerate the losses.
“The district administration was not briefed properly on the enumeration of crop losses and other damages to the agriculture sector.
Consequently, an informal approach was adopted to prepare reports on estimated losses. No effort was made by the government to gather information on exact losses caused to agriculture sector,” he said.
Accompanied with MLAs G. Chinna Reddy and DK Aruna, TPCC Vice-President and ex-MP Mallu Ravi and other leaders, Uttam Kumar Reddy visited the crop damaged areas in Jedcherla constituency, Balanagar and Nawabpet mandals of Mahabubnagar district.
“We found that lakhs of acres of beans, jowar, cotton, paddy, castor crops were completely destroyed due to heavy rains. According to official figures, three lakh acres of Maize and 20,000 acres of jowar were damaged due to scanty rainfall in July and August.
Similarly, due to heavy rainfall in September, nearly 20,000 acres of cotton and paddy were damaged. It is highly shocking that no report on village-wise and farmer-wise losses has been prepared by the State Government.
We were told by the District Administration that they were asked by the State Government to conduct only preliminary estimate of losses,” he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the attitude and approach adopted by the TRS Government was “anti-farmer” and detrimental to the interest of Telangana State.
He said due to faulty enumeration, the State Government is not in a position to seek required assistance from the Centre and other agencies.
The TPCC chief demanded that the State Government immediately conduct detailed enumeration of losses to agriculture sector due to heavy rains and floods.
He said that the compensation to all affected farmers be paid without any delay. “The government should help the farmers who are in utter distress. It should clear the dues of crop loan waiver scheme and free farmers from debt,” he demanded.
Meanwhile, the Congress leaders, across the Telangana State, visited the affected areas to record the actual losses suffered due to heavy rains.
They consoled the farmers and assured that the Congress party would make representations with the authorities concerned to get adequate compensation. (INN)