The AP Rythu Sangham and CPI leader K. Ramakrishna has accused the State government of neglecting the issue of compensating farmers who lost their crop due to recent rains.

Cotton in 20 lakh acres was lost and so also paddy in huge extent was damaged causing distress among the farming community. However, the government is not forthcoming in making correct enumeration of loss and paying suitable compensation, he said speaking to newsmen here on Thursday.

The former CPI MLA was of the opinion that the State government should buy cotton from farmers paying Rs. 5,000 per quintal and also press the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) to procure the produce immediately.

“Farmers are not being paid even the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs. 3,900 per quintal set by the government,” he said. Instead of regulating seed companies, officials and political leaders in the State are colluding as the companies are being allowed to collect advances from farmers. “Mahyco, which promised to supply 10 lakh packets of cotton, only supplied six lakh. It sold seed in black market for a higher price. When the company did the same in Maharashtra, the government there cancelled the license of the company, which is not done in Andhra Pradesh,” Mr Ramakrishna said, alleging nexus between political leaders and the seed company. Mr. Ramakrishna alleged that the State government is trying to collect a whopping Rs. 20,000 crore by way of surplus charges and adjustment charges without owning the responsibility of supplying uninterrupted and quality power. With a view to mobilise the public against the government over negligence to compensate farmers and failing to supply power, the Left parties will conduct awareness campaigns all over the State. It was also decided to protest at the public hearing to be held by the Electricity Regulatory Authority on Dec. 3, he said.

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