ANDHRA PRADESH

Telugu Desam follows in footsteps of former allies

Plans to launch land struggle in State



Party to collect details of surplus, ceiling and Government lands

Promises to distribute identified land if it comes to power in 2009



Hyderabad: Taking a cue from the “bhoo poratam” launched by the Left parties, the Telugu Desam has decided to launch struggles in districts from June 20 to exert pressure on the Government to distribute surplus and other lands to the landless poor.

Instructions to this effect would be issued by Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu to all district presidents during a teleconference to be held on Thursday.

The conference, which was scheduled for June 13, was postponed in view of the dharnas held in districts protesting against the diversion of Godavari waters.

According to TDP sources, Mr. Naidu would ask the district chiefs to first collect village-wise details on the surplus, ceiling, Government and other types of land, seek applications from eligible landless poor and submit them in the respective mandal offices demanding that they be provided land.

A similar exercise would also be taken up in all villages on the housing programme launched by the Government to see if genuine beneficiaries were given houses or not.

Apart from mounting pressure on the Government from village to district-level to allot land, the party would also give a firm commitment that it would distribute the identified land in each village if it comes to power in 2009.

“Since the names of all eligible beneficiaries would be available with us we will do so when we come to power,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, senior party leaders Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and Kodela Sivaprasada Rao criticised the Government for failing to supply adequate quantity of seeds for paddy, groundnut, cotton and other crops.

They said while the total seed requirement for the State for kharif was 44 lakh quintals, the shortage was 27 lakh quintals.

Seed centres

They demanded seed centres in every mandal and re-introduction of the tripartite agreement between the Government, seed company and farmers that any loss on account of seeds to farmers would be borne by the respective company.



Party to collect details of surplus, ceiling and Government lands

Promises to distribute identified land if it comes to power in 2009





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