ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP seeks white paper on relief

Staff Reporter

ADILABAD: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Saturday demanded a white paper on relief and compensation given by the State Government to the families of farmers and weavers who committed suicides owing to poverty and debts.

It charged the Government of failing to even acknowledge suicides.

Addressing a press conference here the TDP spokesman and former Adilabad MP, S. Venugopalachary said, 2,485 farmers had committed suicide in the State while the figure for weavers was 265.

The Government should come out with a white paper as regards the welfare of these families, he added.

The former MP pointed out forcible recovery of bank loans from farmers were stopped through a gazette notification.

However, forcible recoveries were the order of the day in rural areas and the continuing suicides by debt- ridden farmers was a testimony to this fact, he observed.

Loan recovery

On the problems in Singareni coal mines, Mr. Venugopalachary threatened to launch an agitation under the banner of the Telugu Nadu Trade Union Congress (TNTUC) if the Government failed to implement the seventh wage board for miners.

The TDP had held discussion on the implementation while it was in power, he said.

He charged the trade unions involved in fighting for the wage board with betraying the cause.

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