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R. Avadhani
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Chief Minister says he will pressure the Centre to increase MSP for paddy by Rs. 200 a quintal

Reaching out:Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy interacting with people during the ‘Rytu Chaitanya Yatra' at Ismailkhanpet in Medak district on Tuesday.— PHOTO: MOHD ARIF
Reaching out:Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy interacting with people during the ‘Rytu Chaitanya Yatra' at Ismailkhanpet in Medak district on Tuesday.— PHOTO: MOHD ARIF

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has promised to bring pressure on the Centre for increasing the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by Rs. 200 a quintal. He said that he would lead a delegation of the State MPs to Delhi next week to meet the Prime Minister on this issue. The current MSP for paddy is Rs. 1,030 a quintal.

Admitting that the farmers had not been receiving a remunerative price for their crops despite the best efforts by the government, the Chief Minister said that this was one of the reasons for many farmers giving up cultivation and preferring to go for jobs in cities, instead.

Rytu Chaitanya Yatra

Referring to the tenant farmers' issue, he also promised to bring a legislation shortly where they could get bank loans and input subsidy from the government while protecting the rights of the landowners.

Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy was addressing a public meeting after launching the ‘Rytu Chaitanya Yatra' in this tiny village on Tuesday, during his second visit to the district. The meeting was presided over by local legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy and attended by Agriculture Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy and Women and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, among others.

Though there were apprehensions that the cadres of the TRS would create trouble for the Chief Minister's programme, it went off peacefully. Stating that free power supply to the agriculture sector would be continued for the next three years without fail, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that in Medak district alone Rs. 1,700 crore was spent for this in the past six years.

Repayment of loans

The Chief Minister regretted that farmers were failing to avail of the “Pavala vaddi” (three per cent interest) loans by not repaying the loans in time.

In contrast, 98 per cent of the women's groups were able to use this scheme by timely repayment of loans. He also promised to release Rs. 600 crore for women's groups under the “Pavala vaddi” scheme.

By-pass road

Responding to the demands put forth by Mr. Damodar and Mr. Jayaprakash Reddy relating to the development of the district, the Chief Minister promised to release the required funds for linking the tanks in the district, to sanction by-pass road to Sangareddy and to release Rs. 2 crore for roads at Ismailkhanpet village. He also released posters on the Rytu Chaitanya Yatra.


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