Amaravati, 1 Sep, 2019: Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to extend help to the flood affected farmers and blamed the government for its failure in tackling the flood situation.
Naidu wrote a letter to the Chief Minister, which was released to the media here Sunday, pointing out the failures of government machinery in releasing water from the Srisailam reservoir, NSP, Pulichinala and Prakasam barrage into the sea. The inept handling of government in discharging of flood waters from the major projects, including into the sea, resulted in submergence of crops in large extent of land and residential areas in Krishna and Guntur districts.
Mr Naidu described the floods havoc as "intentionally created calamity" by the government. He slammed that the government did not release flood water from the projects, despite it received information of heavy inflows from the CWC,IMD and ISRO, with an intention to "inundate the Capital city and his residence".
Though there was a possibility to release 10 to 50 TMC of water to the Rayalaseema region during the floods, the government failed to do so, he charged in his letter. The former Chief Minister in his letter said that he visited flood affected areas in six Assembly constituencies and observed the flood devastation.
''The farmers bore the brunt of flood-fury as crops, including banana, pan-leaf, yam, maize, sugarcane and paddy were badly damaged in the floods. The farmers in distress as they have lost the kharif crop and dire need of government’s financial assistance'', he said and urged the Chief Minister to extend the needed help to the farmers.
''Since new government formed three months ago, 100 farmers have committed suicide of which 21 in drought-hit Anantapur district alone. Two farmers died in a stampede while standing in long queues to get subsidized seeds,'' Mr Naidu deplored.
He asked the Chief Minister to disburse the fourth and fifth installments of agriculture loan waiver to the eligible farmers, extent help to the drought affected farmers in Krishna, Guntur and in East and West Godavari districts.
He also asked the Chief Minister to take steps to complete enumeration of crop loss at the earliest and send the report to the Centre. UNI