Guntur: The Kadapa MP-elect, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, has called upon the Centre and the State to open their eyes to the problems of the farmers.
Addressing people before he ended his 48-hour fast, ‘Rythu Deeksha’ here on Tuesday, Mr Jagan lamented that though the farmers were expressing anguish at the negligence of the State towards their problems, there was no one to listen to their grievances and redress them. He said that he was hoping that the Union and the State governments would open their eyes at least because of his ‘Rythu Deeksha.’ He said the State would prosper only when the farmer smiles with happiness.
Mr Jagan has reminded the farmers who gathered around him that it was during the rule of his late father Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy that the Minimum Support Price of paddy was hiked from Rs 530 to Rs 1,000. “Though we have not seen the rule of Lord Rama, we have experienced a golden age during YSR’s rule. Agriculture sector has posted a growth of 6 percent during his regime,” he said. He lamented that no one bothered about the welfare of the farmers after YSR died. He said the input subsidy announced by the government had so far not reached the farmer. He has alleged that the government had neither the anxiety to help the poor, nor to fulfill the aspirations of YSR, he added.
Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy questioned the government as to why it was not making the Food Corporation of India to purchase paddy from the farmers. He called upon the people to work with him so that the golden age of YSR could be re-established.
Mr Reddy has alleged that the TDP leader, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, was shedding crocodile tears over the fate of the farmers now. He has claimed that Mr. Naidu has started on his ‘Ruthu Baata’ only after he has announced his ‘Rythu Diksha’ to highlight the problems of the farmers. He has questioned Mr Naidu as to why he was now worried about the farmers’ problems now and why he had not bothered about the agriculture sector during his nine-year rule. He said it was because of this gross negligence of the farmers, Naidu was now on roads. (NSS)