Seek MSP for cotton, paddy, maize and other crops and compensation to farmers who lost crops in Nilam cyclone
A group of Telugu Desam (TDP) legislators staged sit-in protest on the Legislative Council premises here on Monday demanding minimum support price to cotton, paddy, maize and other crops and compensation to the farmers who suffered crop loss in Nilam cyclone.
In all 11 TDP MLAs went to the Council, which resumed its session after a week-long recess, and sat on a protest in front of the Chief Minister’s chamber there along with a few of the party’s MLCs. The Chief Minister was not present when they took to the protest, which went on for over an hour.
The TDP legislators met Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy after he arrived in there and explained him about the problems being faced by the farming community. They submitted a memorandum to him demanding MSP for all crops, crop loss compensation, purchase of discoloured/damaged paddy and to speed up procurement of cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI).
The Chief Minister told them that Congress government was the most farmer-friendly and assured that steps would be taken for procurement of entire cotton produce and discoloured paddy with the farmers. In a review meeting later, he directed the Chief Secretary to appoint special officers to coordinate with CCI and monitor cotton purchases on a daily-basis.
When the TDP MLAs refused to end their protest even after Chief Minister’s assurance they were arrested by the police. Later, they were left free in the new MLA Quarters.
Protest planned in Karimnagar
Speaking to reporters in the evening, G. Muddukrishnama Naidu, E. Dayakar Rao, M. Narasimhulu and others said they would stage a massive dharna in Karimnagar two weeks later if the government failed to resolved farmers’ problems by then. They sought implementation of M.S. Swaminathan and B.S. Hooda panel reports and revising MSP of all crops according to the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.
They demanded action against CCI officials who, they alleged, were acting as middlemen to exploit the farmers and resume cotton purchases in Warangal and Khammam.