Staff Reporter

TDP to write off cooperative crop loans

Health insurance for farmers sought

ADILABAD: Instead of giving a direct reply on the ‘rumoured’ change in his party’s stand vis-a-vis separate Telangana, Leader of the Opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday asserted that his party always stood for betterment of Telugus in the backward region. The TDP came into existence only for development of Telugus irrespective of the region they belonged to, he said.

Addressing a press conference after his visit to Adilabad agriculture market yard as part of the party’s ‘Market Baata’ programme, Mr. Naidu said incorporating expertise and help of Non Resident Indian (NRI) Telugus would also be considered for development of backward areas if the party came to power. Earlier, speaking at a public meeting at the market yard, the TDP president said a separate fund with Rs. 1,000 crore would be set up for addressing the minimum support price (MSP) problem if the TDP came to power.

He also promised to write off cooperative crop loans of farmers.Demanding an MSP of Rs. 3,100 per quintal for cotton, Mr. Naidu said investment had gone up for cotton cultivation. This warranted pegging of MSP at the figure being demanded. He also demanded health insurance for farmers in the State.

Agitation plan

Mr. Naidu said nation-wide agitation on MSP would be taken up sometime after the ‘Rythu garjana’ meeting in Vijayawada on November 24. Consultations with partners of the UNPA were under way in this regard. On the issue of Rs. 1,000 MSP for paddy, he reiterated that the fight would continue until the demand was met.

TDP general secretary Kadiam Srihari, Telugu Rythu State president Cheruku Mutyam Reddy, Adilabad Zilla Parishad Chairman Rathod Ramesh, Asifabad legislator A. Sridevi and others participated.