Hyderabad: While the CPI(M) members staged a walk-out, the TDP members barged into the well of the House registering their protest at the “hopeless” reply of the State government on the assistance given to the farmers whose crops damaged in a series of calamities in the State.
The Leader of Opposition, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, single handed, took responsibility to highlight the failure of the government in saving the farmers in trouble some situation.
Participating in a short discussion in the House, Mr Chandrababu Naidu said that the Khariff season witnessed unprecedented rains six times resulting in unrecoverable loss to the farmers in the State.
The heavy rains in December, at the time of crop harvesting, deepened the crisis. The crop was damaged in 60 lakh acres resulting in loss of Rs 4,000 crores.
He also strongly criticized the State government for not paying heed to the entire Opposition to hike input subsidy to Rs 10,000 per acre to minimize the loss to the cultivators. He also expressed strong displeasure over inadequate arrangements made by the government to purchase discolored and disfigured paddy in the rain-hit areas.
He also reminded that the FCI has purchased the paddy with less than 10 per cent damage without value cut. During the TDP government in 2004, it was 24 per cent, he added. By March this year, the FCI should purchase 57 lakhs of metric tones of paddy in the State, but the FCI purchased paddy till today was only 24 lakhs tones, he added.
Alleging that the Centre was showing discrimination towards the State, Mr Naidu said the Centre has allocated one lakh metric tones of godown space to the State as against 50 lakh metric tones space to the neighboring Tamil Nadu. The godown space was a biggest problem being faced by the State. He also questioned as to why the 32 ruling party MPs failed to protect the interests of the State at Delhi. He also demanded that the government review crop insurance scheme which was not benefiting the farmers practically. The compensation should be extended directly to the tenant farmers and tenant fee should be exempted to the tillers who were cultivating temple lands. The State government should immediately announce the State Advisory Price (SAP) Rs 2,500 per quintal for sugar cane and subabul. The Value Added Tax (VAT) should also be lifted on agricultural products, he urged.
Spewing venom at the State government, the Leader of the Opposition alleged that the government has forcibly grabbed lakhs of acres of land from the farmers to allocate it to 120 SEZs in the State. It was shameful to the government, which was posing itself as pro-farmer. In the last seven years, 12,000 farmers committed suicides in the State, he regretted.
The CPI (M) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy, said that the government did not purchase 10 per cent of damaged crop in the calamity-hit areas. Moreover, the government’s reply on the issue was not effective and lacks commitment, he alleged. He announced that his party was staging a walkout registering its protest. (NSS)