Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is stated to have assured the Congress leaders that he would prevail upon the MPs to take up Polavaram project issue in the Parliament session.

On Wednesday PCC secretary K. Shivaji and others asked the Chief Minister to direct the MPs to strive for getting national status for Polavaram project. In a very brief interaction, the Chief Minister responded positively to the request, said the Congress leaders.

Probe sought

Gannavaram MLA Dasarai Balavardhana Rao submitted a memorandum to Mr. Reddy urging him to initiate inquiry into the illegal mining taking place in his constituency. Mr. Rao said Gollanapalli village was famous for hills, and quarrying was taking place for the last 50 years.

Rubbish and gravel used to be exported to other parts of the State from here. However, with the advent of backhoes, the labourers lost their jobs, and illegal mining scaled new heights. The quarry lessees now set eye on Mandakandem lands, where the villagers used to graze their cattle. Cashew trees in more than 400 acre were axed for quarrying illegally.

The government should inquire into it, and distribute pattas to agricultural labourers in 500 acre land, he urged.

TDP district rythu president Ch. Anjaneyulu brought escalating prices of fertilizers to the notice of the Chief Minister.

He said the fertilizer prices went up by Rs.200 to Rs. 250 as there was no control over the prices.

The farmers were facing hardship in purchasing the fertilizers at higher rates. As the cost of input has increased, the government should set the minimum support price (MSP) at Rs.1,500 per quintal of paddy, he said.

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