Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that a happy farmer alone can make the State happier. He had a marathon review on Friday at Pragati Bhavan on the proposed input assistance scheme and a slew of measures already being implemented by the State with due focus on revival of the dwindling fortunes of the peasant community.
He made it clear on the occasion that despite all out efforts being made by the State to reach out to farmers with required support, they are still in despair. It calls for a farmer centric approach to address the pressing problems that had a crippling effect on their finances.
The Chief Minister constituted a Cabinet sub-committee under the Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy to evolve a flawless system to ensure smooth transfer of investment support of Rs 4,000 per acre, per crop (Rs 8,000 annual support for two crops) announced by the government. The sub committee will comprise five other ministers — Etela Rajender, T Harish Rao, Tummala Nageshwara Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and P Mahender Reddy.
The committee will undertake a thorough study and recommend modalities for effective implementation of the scheme by identifying land holdings under cultivation during the respective seasons. By all means, the first installment of investment assistance of Rs 4,000 for ensuing kharif crop will be remitted to the farmers by May 15, he said.
The government will introduce a separate budget for agriculture sector this year and made required allocations to implement the measures aimed at benefiting farmers. Budgetary allocation would be made as part of this for the implementation of the crop investment assistance. He said the government would buy what all the farmers have been producing through the farmers associations coordination committees to compensate the farmers in case of any loss.
The Chief Minister said 70 per cent of the population was still largely dependent on agriculture. Thanks to the various programmes being implemented by the State government benefiting farmers, there is a considerable improvement in their economic conditions. The need of the hour is remunerative prices for all the crops the farmers were growing. The government is firm on doing justice to the growers on this count, he said. The international market conditions and Central government policies have a bearing on the prices of foodgrains and other crops. The farmers have not been able to get a fair deal in the marketyards despite the market intervention methods being implemented by the governments by making the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) purchase their produce.
Chief Minister said a system should be evolved to ensure that the harvest of every crop grown by the farmer will invariably figure on the market net which will attract buyers from all over. He wanted a team of marketing officials led by Marketing Minister T Harish Rao to visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and other important States to study how they have been able to ensure a fair deal to farmers by giving remunerative prices for every crop.
The Chief Minister pointed out that there was no MSP for some of the important crops grown by farmers. There should be MSP assured by the government for every crop. “Telangana government will take up the issue with the Centre, and the TRS MPs will raise the issue in Parliament,” the Chief Minister said.
First phase completed
The Chief Minister announced that first phase Land Record Purification drive had been completed successfully. He explained that the revenue authorities who carried out the drive could make out as many 71,75,096 agriculture khatas in the State involving 1,42,12,826.17 acres of land fit for cultivation. He congratulated the Project Director Vakati Karuna, other senior officials and district collectors in this regard.
New pattadar passbooks will be issued to the land owners soon. He wanted all land transactions to figure in revenue records as and when they were effected without delay.