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Kiran’s tour serves no purpose: New Democracy leader

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Rain-affected farmers take out a rally under the aegis of AIKMS

Worried lot:Farmers and CPI-ML (New Democracy) activists staging a demonstration in front of the District Collector's office in Khammam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Worried lot:Farmers and CPI-ML (New Democracy) activists staging a demonstration in front of the District Collector's office in Khammam on Wednesday.— PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s recent district tour involving huge expenditure has failed to render any immediate relief to the rain-affected farmers in the district, alleged CPI (ML-New Democracy) district secretary Potu Ranga Rao. He was speaking at a dharna organised by the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) in front of the Collectorate to press for concrete steps to bail out the cyclone-hit farmers from the current crisis.

Addressing the protesters, comprising farmers from across the district, here on Thursday, Mr. Rao alleged that the Chief Minister’s recent whirlwind tour of the cyclone-affected areas in the district did not serve any purpose. “It has achieved nothing except wasting the precious public money,” he said.

Mr. Ranga Rao accused the government of taking refuge under procedural wrangles and depriving the distressed farmers of the much-needed succour at this hour of crisis. He demanded that the government immediately press the Cotton Corporation of India, Food Corporation of India, and Markfed into action for purchasing wet cotton, discoloured paddy, and other damaged agriculture produce from farmers.

The government should immediately release crop compensation at the rate of Rs. 20,000 per acre to the cyclone-hit farmers, he said. The remaining speakers sought steps on a war-footing to extend relief to the rain-hit farmers. AIKMS State general secretary K. Rangaiah and others spoke.

Earlier, the farmers took out a rally in the town under the aegis of the AIKMS.


  • Government urged to bail out the farmers in distress

  • Immediate purchase of discoloured paddy demanded



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