N. Manohar visits drought-hit areas in Anantapur district
Speaker Nadendla Manohar today promised farmers that the first issue to be discussed in the Assembly would be that of severe drought, in view of the grim situation in the State, and especially the district.
Nadendla Manohar, who came to Anantapur on a one-day tour of the district to view first-hand the drought conditions prevailing in the district, visited villages in Kadiri and Narpala mandals and was appalled at the extent and severity of crop loss due to unfavourable climatic conditions.
Addressing farmers after having a look at the heaps of spoilt crop on the fields, he asked them to be mentally strong in times like this and not resort to extreme measures. He promised on behalf of the government that it would take all measures necessary to better the situation for them.
The farmers had earlier told him that they wanted the government to ensure that they at least get back the investment as aid, to evade debts which are the main reason behind farm suicides.
Later, he interacted with NREGS wage workers at Bandlapalli and enquired about the work with them. They asked him to direct the government to pay 25 per cent extra wage, as is usually paid in summer months for earth work, owing to the hardened earth, as the earth is very hard just like in summer.
The speaker also interacted with handloom weavers community at Dharmavaram town and asked them specifically what they wanted from the government. The community members wanted him to ensure that they get back their investment through its co-operatives. They also asked him to direct banks to be more liberal in extending loans to them.
Speaking later, Mr. Manohar said that the handloom weaving community is mired in problems, more severe than that of agriculture in the State, and added that he will speak to the government for a package similar to the one extended to the weavers of Sircilla in the past.
Earlier in the day, the Speaker cut a cake along with Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy celebrating the completion of one year under the leadership of N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. He also inaugurated a 132/33 KV substation at Penukonda, besides a school building at Siddarajacherla Palli village.
Later in the evening, he inaugurated a PACS centre building in Madakasira, besides paddy purchase centres at Neelakantapuram village in Madakasira mandal.