Correspondent

'Lack of irrigation projects main reason for backwardness'

Plea to increase ayacut under Kalwakurthy lift schemeCompensation sought for sheep rearers Mammoth rally taken out by CPI(M) activists

MAHABUBNAGAR: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary B.V.Raghavulu has asked the State Government to announce a special package of Rs.100 crores for the development of Mahabubnagar, one of the most backward districts in the country.

He was speaking at a public meeting here organised by the CPI(M) district committee marking the conclusion of the 38-day padayatra undertaken by the party's district leaders on Tuesday.

Mr Raghavulu said that backwardness of Mahabubnagar district was the result of the negligence of the rulers who ruled the State since its formation.

He said that the main reason for the backwardness of the district was due to the failure of the successive governments to take up the proposed irrigation projects.

'Increase ayacut'

Mr Raghavlu said that the ayacut of the ongoing Kalwakurthy lift irrigation should be enhanced to six lakh acres. He said that the Government should issue a G.O. enhancing the ayacut of Kalwakurthy lift irrigation as was done in the case of Pothireddypadu head regulator.

He said that though Jurala project in the district was allocated 17.84 tmcft of water by the Bachwat tribunal, its capacity was reduced to 11 tmcft and added that only 7 tmcft of water was impounded in the Jurala reservoir.

The Government should explain to people why it was unable to fill the reservoir to its full capacity, he said.

Mr Raghavulu said that over 7 lakh sheep had died in the district and demanded that the Government should announce compensation to the sheep breeders.

He lashed out at the State Government for bringing GOs that were detrimental to the toddy tapper community.

Referring to the Indiramma villages' programme, he said unless the Chenchupentas and Girijana tandas were included in the scheme, it would not serve its purpose. CPI(M) district secretary Kille Gopal, party State council member John Wesley and other leaders spoke.

Mammoth rally

Earlier, a mammoth rally was taken out by CPI(M) activists and its frontal organisations through the thoroughfares of the town.

The town wore a red look with the flags, banners and arches of the CPI(M) decorated all along the roads in the town The CPI(M) activists under the leadership of Mr Gopal undertook a padayatra trekking for some 1,158 km and covering 235 villages in 40 mandals in 38 days starting from Yellore village in Kollapur mandal.