Narsapur: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao lashed out at Telangana Congress leaders accusing them of having no concern for the welfare of farmers.
Stating that the Congress leaders were making attempts to stall the formation of the proposed Rythu Samakhyas, the Minister said that the visionary Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had conceived the idea to make the farmers decide the price of their produce.
Addressing the people after participating in oath taking ceremony at Narsapur Agriculture Market, the Minister said that the main opposition party was attempting to put a spoke in the wheel of Telangana’s development with court cases while the Chief Minister wanted to make the farmers’ voice heard through Rythu Samakhyas.
Stating that the Congress had created Adarsha Rythu system by paying honorarium to their party workers who were not even doing farming, he said that they would not pay any honorarium to the members of Rythu Samakhyas, and added that they would rope in the people who were willing to do some social service besides directly engaging in farming.
Stating that the Congress and TDP governments had neglected the development of Telangana during the nearly seven decades of their combined rule, the Minister said that the successive governments that had ruled the State had constructed godowns with only 4 lakh metric tonnes of storage capacity in 70 years. Stating that the godowns constructed were unscientific, the Minster said they had constructed 18 lakh MT storage capacity godowns within one year of their rule. The Minster said that they could build 2,500 MT storage capacity godowns under Narsapur Assembly constituency alone.
Megavath Hamsi, a tribal woman, and P Madhava Reddy were sworn in as chairman and vice-chairman of the Narsapur Agriculture Market.
The Minster said that even tribal and SC women could become chiefs due to the reservations introduced by the Chief Minister in marketing committees. Harish Rao also inaugurated new building of Government Junior College at Kulcharam 33/11 sub-station at Pothansettypally and Tukkapur bridge constructed across River Manjira.
Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, MLA Ch Madan Reddy, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Rajamani Murali Yadav and others were present.