ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP threatens to intensify stir

Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: The Telugu Desam Party has threatened to intensify its agitation if the government failed to control prices of essential commodities immediately.

Following a call for state-wide agitation against spiralling prices, the district TDP held a meeting in its office here on Monday and demanded the government to check hoarding of rice, pulses, edible oil etc and allot Rs. 1,000 crores for market intervention to control prices.

Addressing the meeting, former MLA, Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthi, pointed out that the State and Central governments are blaming each other for price rise leaving the common man to his fate. He said that the prices of essential commodities rose by 200-300 per cent in the last one year. The price rise was unabated as the government was hand in glove with traders, he alleged.

Saying that the government had promised to allot Rs. 500 crores for market intervention to control prices, he demanded that it should now allot at least Rs. 1,000 crores to ensure that the people got essential commodities at reasonable price.

Damancharla Janardhan was in the chair. Former MLA, P David Raju, said that though Srisailam reservoir is full, the government did not supply water for kharif crops in Nagarjuna Sagar project area. Farmers in tail-end areas could not get water even in the rabi season. He alleged widespread corruption in implementation of NREGS in the district. Janjanam Srinivasa Rao, who had contested for Chirala Assembly seat unsuccessfully, said that handloom industry is facing a crisis as the price of hank yarn rose by 200 per cent affecting the employment of weavers. As many as four weavers committed suicide in Chirala. District Collector, Kantilal Dande visited the kin of the victims yesterday and agreed to pay them an ex gratia of Rs. 1.5 lakh each.

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