Dead farmers’ kin protest

February 17, 2018 12:10 am | Updated 12:10 am IST - KARIMNAGAR

Alleging that over 3,500 farmers have committed suicide since the formation of Telangana in June 2014 due to crop failure, the Telangana Rythula Ikya Vedika on Friday launched a relay hunger strike in front of the Collectorate demanding compensation for the bereaved families.

Vedika president Mudikanti Venkat Reddy said the number of farmer suicides in Medak district alone stood at 385 in the past four years, including 125 in Gajwel, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s assembly segment.

He alleged that the government had brought out GO no.173 promising compensation to the bereaved families, but not more than 10% of them have received it so far. He said the officials were “harassing” the dead farmers’ kin by demanding at least 12 documents to secure compensation and “humiliating” them by asking several questions.

Mr. Reddy pointed out that the total compensation would be less than what the State government was spending on putting up vinyl posters and publicity material on various schemes. The farmers’ association leaders Avula Muthaiah, Nomu Sadasiva Reddy and Kandi Krishna Reddy were also present.

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