Staff Reporter

CPI (M) decried drinking water scarcity in villages

Displaced families under TGP yet to be paid compensation, says district secretary Dalits' lands will not get irrigation waterSeveral aged women await pension

KADAPA: CPI(M) district secretary B. Narayana on Tuesday demanded that the Government implement the Jayati Ghosh Commission report in toto to ensure welfare of farmers in the State.

Addressing a press conference at Vanipenta in Mydukur mandal on the 10th day of the party's `Kadapa Pragathi Bata' padayatra, he decried delay in disbursing compensation for displaced families under Telugu Ganga project.

Dalits' lands would not get irrigation water although TGP canals flow alongside them, he lamented. He demanded that Telugu Ganga project supply channels be excavated departmentally.

Ration cards

Drinking water scarcity was plaguing villages and several protected drinking water schemes were defunct and lacked repairs, Mr. Narayana alleged. Ration cards were yet to be issued in villages, but some affluent persons managed to get white cards, he alleged. People complained of irregular supply of essential commodities by fair price shop dealers, he alleged. Several aged women awaited pension, he said.

Mr. Narayana and party's district executive members C. Babu, K. Ramamohan and C.H. Chandrasekhar toured Mallepalle, Mudireddipalle, Vanipenta, Akkuraipalle and Kesalingayapalle villages in Mydukur mandal on Tuesday. The padayatra from March 5 demanding comprehensive development of the district traversed 210 kms covering about 100 villages in 10 mandals so far, he said.

The CPI (M) secretary demanded uniform development of all villages and mandals in the district, with particular emphasis on uplift of poorer sections and generation of employment for educated youth. He charged political leaders with being apathetic towards people's problems.

Brass artisans

As Vanipenta was noted for brass artisans and vegetable fields, he demanded setting up of brass-making unit, marketing facilities for artisans and a juice factory in the village to provide value-addition for farmers and generating employment. He urged the Government to procure turmeric produce and provision of remunerative prices for farmers.