Hyderabad: TRS working president and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday said the TRS participated in the Bharat bandh to express solidarity with protesting farmers as per the directions of Chief Minister and TRS President K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Participating in a rasto roko programme on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru National Highway near Shadnagar, the Minister emphasised the need to create awareness on the issue among people of the country and extend complete support to farmers who were feeding the nation. “We must all stand firm with the farmers,” he said, adding that people have the right to protest if they were in disagreement with the government decisions.
Pointing out that TRS had fought against the farm laws in Parliament, the TRS working president said the Centre bulldozed the bills and got it passed using its sheer strength in the House. He stated that while the Chief Minister was supporting farmers through Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima schemes, the Centre did not even guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the new agriculture laws to farmers for their produce. “The new law does not include the idea of MSP. If the Centre does not announce support prices, there is a possibility that private syndicates and cartels may cheat farmers by quoting low prices,” he cautioned.
Rama Rao pointed out that the stock limit fixed to prevent blackmarketing under the ‘Essentials Commodities Act’ had been amended in the new farm laws. As a result, he feared that there was a risk that traders would create artificial shortages and inflate prices. “This is detrimental to both farmers and consumers,” he said. He stated that the Centre was trying to take control of States’ rights in the agriculture sector.
TRS secretary general and Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao, Minister V Srinivas Goud, former MP Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy and other TRS senior leaders also participated in the protests.
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