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Sikkaolu Jala Sadhana Samiti accuses Ministers of inaction

Ticklish issue:Telugu Desam Party leader Tammineni Seetaram addressing farmers in Srikakulam on Saturday.— Photo: Basheer
Ticklish issue:Telugu Desam Party leader Tammineni Seetaram addressing farmers in Srikakulam on Saturday.— Photo: Basheer

Hundreds of farmers in Palakonda and surrounding areas began agitating for the release of water from Thotapalli reservoir to save the crops in 60,000 acres of land. They alleged that the water was being diverted ‘illegely' in Jiyyammavalsa and other places that come under Vizianagaram district. According to them, the diversion of the water was causing heavy loss to the farmers of Palakonda division.

The issue was brought to the notice of Minister for Medical Education Kondru Murali who, in turn, said he would work towards modernisation of the canals with an estimated cost of Rs.110 crore.

However, the villagers seek immediate attention over the issue and organised relay hunger strike for one-week.

Sikkolu Jala Sadhana Samiti extended its support to the agitating farmers while alleging that the Union Minister Kishore Chandra Deo and Ministers representing the Srikakulam district, Dharmana Prasada Rao, Satrucharla Vijayarama Raju and Kondru Murali were not looking into the issue seriously.

Interactive session

The Samiti convener Tammineni Seetaram, leaders Duppala Ravindrababu, Nalli Dharma Rao and Boddepalli Mohana Rao interacted with the farmers and demanded that Chief Minister N. Kirankumar Reddy should take steps immediately to release water.

“Irrigation officials colluded with the influential farmers. It led to the diversion of water on a large scale. Farmers should not hesitate to take up Chalo Hyderabad programme to draw the attention of the government and public representatives,” he added. BJP district president Tankala Durga Rao, and CPI district secretary Ch. Sundarlal decided to meet district Collector G. Venkatram Reddy on Monday when the latter interacted with the people in the Grievances Cell.

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