40 Maharashtra villages seek merger with Telangana

Sarpanches of these villages favour such a move to avail of Rythu Bandhu scheme

By Author  |  Published: 17th May 2018  1:03 amUpdated: 17th May 2018  1:13 am
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Nizamabad: The pioneering schemes and pro-farmer initiatives of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao are not only attracting the farmers of Telangana, but ryots all over.

In a record of sorts, Sarpanches of some 40 villages surrounding the Babli project in Dharmabad taluqa in Maharashtra, have appealed to KCR to merge their villages in Telangana so that their farmers could avail of the Rythu Bandhu incentive.

Under the leadership of Babli Sarpanch and Dharmabad Sarpanch Sanghatan president Baburao Ganpatrao Kadam, about 40 Sarpanches of Dharmabad taluqa met Nizamabad Rural MLA Bajireddi Goverdhan on Tuesday at Dichpally and appealed for the merger of their villages in Telangana so that they could get Rythu Bandhu benefits for their villages’ farmers.

They wrote to KCR highlighting problems being faced by them in the agriculture sector such as failure to get MSP rates for various crops and facing neglect and apathy at the hands of the government.

Baburao Kadam said that the neighbouring farmers in TS had not only got MSP for Bengal gram and other crops, but could also avail of the benefit of Rs 8,000 per acre of crop for two seasons under the Rythu Bandhu scheme.

This scheme was attracting a lot of Maharashtra farmers, Kadam said, and appealed to MLA Bajireddi Goverdhan to help them merge their villages in Telangana. He also said that they would also write to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on this issue.

Nizamabad MP K Kavitha made the disclosure of the Maharashtra farmers at the Rythu Bandhu meeting held at Jakranpally village and said that not only Telangana farmers were getting attracted to KCR’s schemes, but also farmers from neighbouring States like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Kavitha showed the letter at the meeting and said that they would send this letter to the CM. She said that the CM had launched construction of irrigation projects, provided 24 hours power supply, quality seeds and fertilizers, and built godowns for the benefit of ryots. Kavitha participated in the mass meal programme with woman farmers along with Nizamabad rural MLA Bajireddi Goverdhan and distributed Rythu Bandhu cheques and pattadar passbooks.