Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu has requested Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to direct the officials concerned to prepare reports on the losses incurred by farmers, weavers and other weaker sections following the unseasonal rains.
In a letter addressed to the Governor, Mr. Naidu wanted the government to direct the administration to complete the enumeration of losses at the earliest so that reports could be sent to the Central government seeking payment of adequate compensation. The Governor was urged to intervene and direct the officials to visit the affected areas immediately for the estimation of losses and preparation of reports.
Mr. Naidu recalled that the delay in finalising reports and the consequent time lag in the visit of the Central teams had denied farmers adequate compensation in the past. The Governor, who is heading the administration, should take steps to ensure that there is no delay this time around, he said. While crop damage was reported in over 1.25 lakh acres, farmers incurred losses on account of submergence of the harvested grains in some areas. In addition, weavers also suffered severe losses as their looms were water-logged.
Nine people were reported dead due to the untimely rains. The government should take steps to pay ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased, he added.