ANDHRA PRADESH

Minister raps TDP for ‘misinformation’ drive

Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Minister for Panchayat Raj J.C. Diwakar Reddy has alleged that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was carrying out a misinformation campaign in go bells mode against development taking place in the State. He asked the opposition party to show any other State in the country where welfare and development schemes were being implemented like Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking at a ‘Rythu Sadassu’ to mark the conclusion of ‘Rythu Chaitanya Yatras’ in 17 mandals of Anantapur revenue division at Ragulapadu village on the banks of Hundri-Neeva canal, he claimed that 83 per cent of the State population was being benefited from the welfare schemes of the government, he said.

Sharp reaction

He was reacting sharply to the criticism by Uravakonda legislator P. Keshav (TDP), in whose constituency the farmers’ meet was organised. The MLA had earlier said that the government had taken up Hundri-Neeva only to benefit the contractors and the welfare experiments were not reaching the needy. “Don’t think that you are the wisest person and could mislead people anyway,” Mr. Diwakar Reddy remarked addressing the legislator directly.

He set aside Mr. Keshav’s apprehensions about availability of power to lift water to Hundri-Neeva and said it would definitely quench the thirst of parched lands wrought with drought conditions. The government would also supply 5.5 lakh quintals of seed groundnut with subsidy this season. The farmers had drawn only 4.9 lakh quintals last year against 5.1 lakh quintals kept ready for supply.

Minister for Housing Botcha Satyanarayana said the State government was concentrating on development of backward districts in all regions. Improvement of milk procurement to one lakh litres per day from just 20,000 litres four years ago was an indication of the reach of government schemes. He urged the farmers to bless Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for free farm power supply and Rs. 2-a-kg rice for an extended period.

List

Collector N. Sridhar stated that the list of beneficiary farmers of loan waiver schemes would be displayed in all bank branches and villages shortly. The administration was planning to intensify dairy farming by helping 50,000 more farmers in 500 villages get milch animals with assistance from banks. Besides, horticulture would be developed in 30,000 acres with 100 per cent subsidy and in another 20,000 acres with 70 per cent subsidy.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy, legislators N. Neelavathi, Y. Sivarami Reddy and G. Thippeswamy, chairperson of DCCB T. Kona Reddy and others also spoke.

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