Nalgonda: TRS MLC Gutha Sukender Reddy on Wednesday said the Centre was responsible for the inconvenience being faced by the farmers in selling their crops in the State.
Addressing a media conference here, Sukender Reddy said the BJP government had not been able to stomach the growing popularity of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao following his agriculture policies. “Over 70 per cent of the population depended on agriculture in Telangana State. The investment support scheme Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima and 24 hours free electricity to agriculture pump sets have emerged as models to the entire country,” he added.
Stating that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had decided not to procure parboiled rice cultivated during the Yasangi crop season, he said he suspected a conspiracy hatched by the Centre behind the FCI’s decision to tarnish the image of the TRS government. “The State government is not allowing paddy from other States into our State to protect the interests of our farmers,” he said.
Pointing out that some MPTCs and ZPTCs contested the Nalgonda Local Authorities MLC election alleging injustice to them, he said the TRS government hiked the honorarium of ZP Chairpersons, ZPTCs, MPPCs and MPTCs. The Narendra Modi government scrapped the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) which will impact the local bodies financially. It also cancelled model schools that were set up in educationally backward areas by the earlier government, he said, adding that the Centre was also trying to usurp the powers of States which was against the federal spirit. Miryalaguda MLA N Bhaskar Rao and Zilla Parishad Chairman Banda Narender Reddy were also present.
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