ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI stir stalls work at Collectorate

ANANTAPUR, OCT. 11. The functioning of the district Collectorate was paralysed due to the agitation by the Communist Party of India (CPI) and its front organisations. The indefinite sit-in in front of the Collectorate was taken up today morning, demanding immediate sanction of input subsidy and 10 tmcft of water allocation to PABR among others.

Activists of the CPI and its front organisations like the Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham, AP Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham, All India Trade Union Congress, All India Youth Federation, farmers and farm workers including women and other associate organisations of the CPI participated in the protest. They started reaching the agitation point since 9 am.

Food arranged

As the agitation has been planned for an indefinite period, the organisers arranged food for the participants at the agitation camp itself with the help of party sympathisers. Heavy police bandobust was made on the Collectorate premises to prevent any untoward incident. Leaders of the CPI and front organisations went inside the Collectorate around 10.30 am and sent out all the employees present at that time. Later, they did not allow any employee/officer of the Collectorate to enter the premises, bringing the functioning of the office to a halt.

Major demands of the agitation are sanction of input subsidy (crop loss compensation) to the farmers who had suffered groundnut crop loss during the 2003 kharif, allocation of 10 tmcft of water to PABR, notifying ayacut under PABR and construction of distributary and field channels and finding solution to the woes of handloom weavers and other artisans.

Several demands

Besides, allocation of house sites and sanction of houses to the poor, providing wage employment works to prevent migration and increasing the quota and number of beneficiaries for drought rice scheme and others were also among their demands. Speaking at the agitation camp, general secretary of the APRS, Kolli Nageswara Rao, demanded that the Government allocate water to Rayalaseema.

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