‘Integrationists need not console farmers in the region'
Activists of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) confronted Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan and raised slogans against his visit to Chilkur IKP centre as part of the ‘Rythu Chaitanya Yatra', saying they were opposed to integrationists consoling farmers in the region.
Police intervened and removed the activists, allowing Dr. Narayan to enter the centre.
The LSP chief examined the paddy and talked to farmers. However, he skipped a meeting following advice by police who apprehended problems by Telangana protagonists.
Later at a press conference here, Dr. Narayan said the party would constitute village-level ryots' committees with ten members to educate/guide them to be able to solve any problem. The farmers would be trained by the ‘Swatantra Rythu Sanghala Samakya' in Hyderabad. He criticised the State government for failing to anticipate problems in paddy procurement issues, including shortage of gunny bags.
After visiting Ganapavaram IKP centre and interacting with farmers, who complained about shortage of gunny bags, Dr. Narayan telephoned Collector N. Mukteswara Rao and special officer appointed by the government, Vijayanand, who had earlier served as Nalgonda Collector. At Huzurnagar agricultural market yard, the LSP chief advised the government to export paddy so as to enable farmers to get remunerative prices, after storing the required stocks to meet the State's needs. He cited the example of 55 lakh cotton bales being exported fetching a good price for the farmers.