The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday criticised the Congress government for what it called its `lackadaisical attitude' towards providing succour to farmers who were suffering from adverse seasonal conditions in the State, year after year.

At a press conference, the party's State president G. Kishan Reddy recalled that six months ago, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had promised to lead an all-party delegation to New Delhi and brief Centre on the ground realities in Andhra Pradesh. However, it remained an assurance that remained fulfilled.

Borewells

He said 95 per cent of borewells had dried up and the groundwater table had plummeted and yet government did not appear to be doing anything concrete to help. Drinking water borewells too were drying up and fodder was becoming scarce.

The number of mandals declared drought-hit was going up from 400 to 809 but the government appeared unmoved.

Not a single mandal in Nizamabad district was yet declared drought-hit and most Ministers were busy with the Chief Minister's ‘Rachabanda' programme, thereby diverting public attention to distribution of ration cards and pensions.

No relief

The BJP president said that in spite of the bad situation, no help was forthcoming from the Centre. The State government had failed in providing relief as much as it had in impressing upon the Union Government of the severity of the situation in the State. He demanded a Rs. 10,000-crore, comprehensive relief package, including re-scheduling of loans and extending fresh loans at zero per cent interest.