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‘3 more died taking AgriGold toll to 180’

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Promised compensation still elusive: customers’ association

Three more customers of the AgriGold group of companies died in December owing to depression taking the number of deaths to 180 in Andhra Pradesh, according to AgriGold Customers and Agents’ Welfare Association (ACAWA) president Muppalla Nageswara Rao here on Monday.

Speaking to The Hindu, he said despite representations and consultations, the payment of compensation (₹5 lakh) as promised by State government was yet to happen and the second phase of enquiry was still on.

“The final list of the deceased customers and agents has not yet been prepared. In the high-level officials’ meeting it was decided to distribute compensation by Sankranti but nothing has been done,” he alleged.

Mr. Rao said the changes sought in the GO (MS No. 80) were still in the process and the High Court hearing was slated for January 18. Though three years passed since the scam came to light, the government was not making sincere efforts to solve the issue concerning crores of victims spread across several States, he said.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, in a Janmabhoomi programme at Srikakulam, had promised to solve the issue soon and reiterated that the Subash Chandra Foundation was keen on buying the company, he pointed out.

Mr. Rao said that the State committee meeting of the association would be held on January 23 and 24 and the future course of action would be discussed.

Jeep yatra

“Soon dates will be finalised for a jeep yatra which will be taken out in all the 600 mandals of the State to bolster the confidence of customers and agents. The dates of relay fast with the victims’ families will also be decided in the meeting,” he said.

It was unfortunate that the State government was not interested in arresting the absconding AgriGold director Seetharamana Rao and others, he said.

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