ANDHRA PRADESH

Delay in payment of crop loss decried

CUDDAPAH Dec. 7. The Kamalapuram MLA, M.V. Mysoora Reddy, on Saturday decried non-payment of compensation for crop losses despite release of Rs. 265 crores as Calamity Relief Fund by the Central Government and demanded grant of input subsidy of Rs. 1,000 per acre to farmers.

Speaking at the Cuddapah Zilla Parishad general body meeting here, Dr. Mysoora Reddy said the Government assured to issue orders on input subsidy when he raised the issue in Assembly recently. The Joint Director of Agriculture, P. Raghuram Prasad, replied that no such order was received to provide input subsidy. The Minister for Housing, P. Ramasubba Reddy, and the Minister for Woman and Child Welfare, S. Saraswathi, assured to apprise the Government on the issue.

Mr. Raghuram Prasad said sunflower, Bengal gram, red gram, black gram, jowar and castor seed worth Rs. 3.25 crores were disbursed among the farmers in the district. Teams of agricultural scientists would tour the district from Monday to check pest infestation, if any, of various crops, he said. The Badvel MLA, K. Vijayamma, ZPTC members and mandal presidents demanded payment of compensation for turmeric crop, which was badly damaged in the district. The Assistant Director of Horticulture, P. Konda Reddy, assured to ascertain the crop loss and take necessary steps. He added that crop insurance scheme was not applicable to turmeric crop. Several members wanted fixing of remunerative price for Krishnapuram variety of onion, which had export demand.

The ruling party MLAs, P. Brahmaiah (Rajampet), R. Ramesh Kumar Reddy (Lakkireddipalle) and K. Vijayamma (Badvel) lamented the acute drinking water scarcity in their constituencies and demanded that an action plan be evolved to take up rural water supply schemes.

They wanted implementation of a special package for augmenting water supply in problematic villages, besides completing the pending works.

The Superintending Engineer of Rural Water Supply, Veerabhadra Sarma, assured completion of 170 RWS schemes by March next. Proposals for works estimated at Rs. 90 lakhs on the Parnapalle water scheme were forwarded for the Chief Engineer's approval, he added.

Mr. Brahmaiah moved a resolution seeking renaming of the district after the saint-poet, Annamacharya, which was unanimously adopted. A resolution was adopted on the Mydukur MLA, S. Raghurami Reddy's demand for setting up a krishi vignana kendram in the district. The Rajya Sabha member, C. Ramachandraiah, the ZP Chairman, K. Suresh Babu, the Cuddapah MLA, S.A. Khaleel Basha, engineers and several officials participated.

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