Hyderabad: Welcoming the main Opposition TDP’s decision to move a no-confidence motion against the government on farmers’ problems, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has assured the farmers that the Congress government would take steps to procure even the last grain.
Condemning the remarks of the TDP, BJP and YSR Congress Party leaders on Wednesday, the CLP said that it was not good for the Opposition parties to try to gain political mileage from the farmers’ issues. The CLP alleged that some of the politicians were enacting “crop holiday episode” though no farmer has announced it.
Speaking to mediapersons at CLP office here along with the Civil Supplies Minister, Mr D Sridhar Babu, the Law and Courts Minister, Mr Erasu Pratap Reddy and the MLAs, Mr Anam Vivekananda Reddy, Mr Praveen Reddy, Mr K Nageshwar Rao and the MLCs, Mr Y Sivarami Reddy, Mr Bhanu Prasad, the Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, said that the government was contemplating to intensify procurement through the Civil Supplies ministry to solve the problem of farmers permanently.
Admitting that the farmers were facing problems, the minister said that the government was trying its best to solve the problems of the farmers. Rejecting the criticism of the TDP Chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, against the government, Mr Botcha said that it was good for him to reveal what he had done for the farmers during his tenure, before criticizing the government.
Expressing happiness over the YSR Congress Party for saying that it would address a letter to the government on farmers’ issues, Mr Botcha said that the newly floated YSR Congress Party was trying to gain political mileage through the farmers’ issue. He said that the government has already procured 60 lakh tons of paddy this season and it was targeted to procure 30 more lakh tons or 40 lakh tons if necessary. He said that the government was trying to solve the procurement problem scientifically expecting that the yielding of crop would multiply if the ‘Jalayagnam’ completed.
Mr Botcha said that the government was procuring paddy in Telangana through the market committees, millers, IKP and FCI and in Andhra the procurement was being done through the millers and IKP centers. He said that the government had cleared Rs 1,300-crore arrears of input subsidy and it was not correct for the Opposition parties to criticize the government without knowing the facts. He dared the Opposition parties to show a single instance of a farmer who did not receive input subsidy. He said that the State government was contemplating to clear the latest arrears in the ‘Rythu Chaithanya Yatras’ to be held from June 7 to June 10.
Mr Botcha said that the YSR Congress party Chief, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was trying to malign the State government using his father’s name. Mr Jagan was making false statements and giving full publicity to them in his own news channels, he added. Admitting that there were problems in the State, he said that the Congress party was striving to solve those problems. Positions were not important to the Congress party but solving the problems was more important to it, he added.