Special Correspondent

‘Irrigation officials of Karnataka helpless in disciplining ryots’

Two MLAs clash over use of

excess water

Officials told to study the matter

in depth

KURNOOL: Poor flow in the Tungabhadra Low Level Canal rocked the District Review Committee meeting here on Tuesday. District In-charge Minister Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy presided over the meeting. Minister for Marketing M. Mareppa was present.

MLAs from Adoni and Yemmiganur -- Saiprasad Reddy and Y. Kesava Reddy -- almost clashed accusing each other of using excess water in their constituencies. The meeting expressed concern over the poor supply saying that only 420 cusecs was supplied as against 720 cusecs on the Karnataka border.

Irrigation officials told the meeting that they had taken up the matter with their Karnataka counterparts who expressed their inability to discipline Karnataka farmers. When Mr. Kesava Reddy pointed out that the indiscipline existed even among the farmers of the district in the upper reaches, Mr. Saiprasad Reddy, who represented the farmers of upper reaches, raised objection.

The Minister suggested to the officials to deeply study the matter and apprise the government so that an appropriate decision could be taken at the level of two governments.

On the steps for compensating the 10 tmcft diverted to Anantapur district, Chief Engineer Prabhakar Reddy said the work on Lift Irrigation scheme near Muchumarri was going on at a brisk pace. Also, a survey was conducted over the construction of a reservoir at Rangapuram in the upper reaches of Sunkesula barrage.

Fertilizer shortage

The members expressed serious concern over fertilizer shortage in the district accusing the officials of mismanagement. They said even the fertilizer received at the district was not distributed properly.

A serious debate took place over loss of groundnut crop in the district. Collector G. Balaramaiah explained that the yield was going to decline drastically due to excessive rains. All farmers who had availed of bank loans, would get crop insurance provided they waited till the crop cutting experiments were carried out.

Other farmers could avail themselves of the insurance facility by paying the premium. He said the administration would be helpless if the farmers removed the crop early. He said the panels of scientists conducted an initial survey.

Nandikotkur MLA Gouru Charita brought to the notice of the Minister that the ex gratia for farmers was not paid despite release of the amount by the government. MLC Masala Padmaja urged the Minister to withdraw the cases registered against farmers at Aluru in connection with a raid on fertilizer godown saying the farmers lost their cool as fertilizers were concealed in the godown.