Nalgonda: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has proved that the TRS government works with the motto that “Farmer is King” by starting various welfare schemes for the cultivators, Bhongir MP Boora Narsaiah Goud said on Wednesday.
Distributing the Rythu Bandhu cheques and pattadar passbooks to farmers at Nakrekal in the district, Narsaiah Goud said that the farmers in Telangana struggled due to lack of irrigation facility, power cuts and denial of MSP for 70 years before formation of the State.
The Chief Minister, who has first-hand information on issues of the farmers, launched a series of schemes to strengthen agriculture sector and welfare of the farmers in Telangana State immediately after coming to power.
He pointed out that Telangana has been the only State in the country that was ensuring 24 hours electricity supply to agriculture sector.
He said that now farmers don’t have to wait in long queues to get subsidised seeds and fertilizer like earlier. In addition to irrigation projects, 46,000 village tanks, which were restored under Mission Kakatiya, have also improved irrigation facility in the State. These initiatives have significantly increased the agricultural produce in the State, he added.
Stating that the production of paddy in Telangana in United Andhra Pradesh was just 13 lakh metric tonnes, the TRS MP pointed out that the paddy production increased to 23 lakh metric tonnes after formation of Telangana State. It was almost doubled in the crop production and we are proud to achieve this, he added.
Reminding that Musi Project, which was medium irrigation project in the district, met raw deal for 54 years in united Andhra Pradesh, he stated after formation of Telangana State, the TRS government replaced the crust and regulatory gates by spending Rs 19.5 crore that has capped the leakage of the water from the project. He pointed out that irrigation facility was provided for second crop also in ayacut of Musi Project in this year.
Stating that the Chief Minister launched Rythu Bandhu scheme to save the farmers from vicious circle of debts, he said that the State government was spending Rs 5,600 crore to extend investment support to 56 lakh farmers in the State. Out of Rs 5,600 crore, farmers in erstwhile Nalgonda district would get Rs 900 crore, which was almost all 20 per cent in the total amount, he maintained.
Nakrekal MLA Vemula Veeresham said that Dry Port and Bamboo industry would be set up in Nakrekal Assembly Constituency by the government. Bamboo industry alone would provide employment to 1,500 youth in the area, he added.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav pointed that the State government waived Rs 800 crore dues of water cess.
Strongly reacting to the comments made by the Congress leaders on Sheep development scheme and Integrated Fisheries Development Schemes questioning whether the government want Yadavs and Besthas to remain as sheep rearers and fish hunters, he pointed out that the Chief Minister provided opportunity to Yadav and Bestha as Rajya Sabha members.
Nalgonda district Collector Gaurav Uppal, Mandal Praja Parishad president Lingala Malleshwari and Nalgonda RDO E Venkata Chary also attended the programme.