CPI leader seeks compensation of Rs. 2,000 per acre of crop loss
Fifty kg. rice and cash aid of Rs. 500 sought for people in relief campsFears expressed over underassessment of losses suffered in floodsPlea for transparency in irrigation tenders
KADAPA: CPI State secretariat member K. Ramakrishna on Monday asked the Government to pay ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs each to the kin of those who had lost their lives in the floods in the State.
Addressing a press conference here, he demanded payment of compensation of Rs. 2,000 per acre for crop loss and grant of input subsidy such as seed and fertilizer to help the affected farmers recoup their losses. Lakhs of people in relief camps must be given 50 kg. of rice and Rs. 500 each, he said.
Mr. Ramakrishna deplored Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy's statement that rain accrued more benefit than losses. Extensive losses had occurred in Andhra and Telangana regions but the Government was nonchalant, he said.
The CPI leader alleged that irregularities in tenders and threats being meted out to contractors were tarnishing the Government's image. The YSR Government was spending thousands of crores of rupees on executing irrigation projects in order to use water flowing waste into the sea, he said.
Referring to Handri Neeva packages II to VIII for which tenders were called with an estimate of Rs. 519.50 crores, he alleged that the car bomb case accused Maddelacheruvu Suryanarayana's follower Prasad Reddy, who was on parole, was threatening contractors to ensure that only those favourable to them could file schedules.
The situation was not congenial for filing of tenders freely. The car bomb accused had filed tenders at 4.99 per cent excess with a plan to plunder goodwill of Rs. 20 crores, the CPI leader alleged.