Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, has asked the Principal Secretary of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Ms K.Ratna Kishore, and the Tobacco Board Chairman, Mr Kamalavardhan Rao, to suggest measures to solve the problems faced by tobacco farmers in the State by Thursday. He assured that as soon as the report was submitted, he would take steps to solve the problems of tobacco farmers.
The Municipal Administration Minister, Mr M. Maheedhar Reddy, the Lok Sabha Member, Mr Magunta Srinivas Reddy, and other leaders along with the tobacco company representatives met the Chief Minister at the camp office on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister assured that he would discuss the issue of purchase of tobacco with the national and international companies, societies and the officials concerned and take necessary steps in this regard.
The Municipal Administration Minister, Mr Maheedhar Reddy said as the Tobacco Board has around Rs 250 crores which was collected from the farmers in the form of cess and other taxes, it could directly purchase tobacco from the farmers.
The MLA, Mr D. Uma Maheswar Rao, Mr D. Sivaram, Mr Seshaiah, Mr Vijay Chowdary and the Tobacco Board Chairman, Mr Kamalavardhan Rao brought the plight of the tobacco farmers to the notice of the Chief Minister.