‘To ease the situation, plans are afoot to generate 2,440 MW of power’

Twenty Point Economic Programme Chairman N. Tulasi Reddy admitted on Thursday that the government was unable to supply power for even seven hours a day to the agriculture sector due to lack of water storage in Srisailam reservoir.

About 2,500 MW of power is not being generated due to lack of gas and the present scale of generation is 9,500 MW as against 12,000 MW, he said while speaking at a rythu sadassu at Shilparamam here. Plans are afoot to generate 2,440 MW through thermal and hydel power with the onset of monsoon, Dr. Tulasi Reddy said.

The government allotted Rs. 1,667 crore for input subsidy and Kadapa district was allotted Rs. 63 crore, he said. Input subsidy of Rs. 10,000 per hectare will be deposited in banks within two days, Dr. Tulasi Reddy said. He urged farmers not to be discouraged as Rs. 72 crore was being granted for crop insurance.

The government was giving free power, subsidised seed and fertilisers, input subsidy and crop insurance as farmers were hard-hit by growing investment cost and lesser income in agriculture, the chairman said. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy allocated funds for agriculture crop loans and for loans to allied sectors in the State budget. The State government has started discussions with the Centre on linking agriculture to the employment guarantee scheme, he said. The Rs. 1 lakh subsidy on drip irrigation to farmers would be phased over a decade. Minister for Minority Welfare Mohd. Ahmedullah said the government was striving for the welfare of farmers. In-charge Collector K. Nirmala said rythu chaitanya yatras and rythu sadassus were being conducted every year. Joint Director of Agriculture G. Jonathan suggested inter-cropping. Leaders and officials inaugurated several stalls. Kadapa District Cooperative Marketing Society chairman Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Kadapa Market Committee chairman Ganesh Reddy, Grandhalaya Samstha chairman R. Ramakoti Reddy, DWMA Project Director Thippeswamy, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry Venkata Rao, Micro-Irrigation Project Director Venkateswarlu and Assistant Director of Horticulture Madhusudan Reddy participated.