Suryapet, Sep11: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Wednesday demanded that the state government should immediately release the promised Investment Support to farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme and waive off crop loans.
Addressing a massive dharna at Huzurnagar Tahsildar office here as part of Congress party's state- wide agitation on farmers' issues, Mr Reddy said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had promised to pay Rs. 5,000 per acre for two seasons of Rabi and Kharif to farmers across the state but more than 50 per cent farmers were yet to get the amount even as the crop season has reached its peak.
Condemning the TRS Government for not initiating the process to waive off crop loans up to Rs. 1 lakh for each farmer, he said that the banks were not giving loans to farmers due to overdues and non-clearance of previous crop loans and they also did not get the promised support from State Government under Rythu Bandhu scheme.
Accusing the TRS Government of pushing lakhs of farmers under bad debts and severe financial strain, he demanded that all dues under Rythu Bandhu scheme be cleared immediately besides waiving off crop loans.
The TPCC Chief also condemned the State and Central Governments for the ongoing shortage of Urea in the state.
He said instead of ensuring supply of urea in adequate quantities, both the TRS Government in Telangana and BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre were making contradictory and false statements on the availability of urea.
Mr Reddy said the requirement of farmers could be met only by supplying Urea and not by entering into blame game or issuing statements.
He said that the State Government did not react even after the death of one farmer who stood in a long queue to get Urea.
Alleging that Mr Rao had no sense of maintaining regional and social balance, he strongly condemned the Chief Minister for neglecting the Madiga community by not giving it any representation in the State Cabinet expanded recently. Madigas have a population of over 40 lakh in the State, he reminded.
The Chief Minister had cheated Scheduled Tribes on the promise of 12 per cent reservation, the Lok Sabha MP said that the neighbouring Maharashtra has successfully implemented 12 per cent reservation for Marathas although they exceeded the 50 per cent ceiling.
He reminded that the Chief Minister made statements in the Assembly and Council claiming that Prime Minister Narender Modi had agreed to enhance the quota for Muslims and STs.
The TPCC President said Mr Rao did not even respect the resolutions passed in the Assembly and Council seeking enhanced reservation.
The Senior Congress leader claimed that the party would retain the Huzurnagar Assembly seat in the by-election to be held in the near future.
He said he had to resign from the Huzurnagar seat following his election as Nalgonda MP.
Many Congress workers were being implicated in false cases, he said and warned both TRS leaders and corrupt police officers of serious consequences if they continue to harass them and party leaders.
Stating that he would be active in politics for another 15-20 years, he warned that those harassing the Congress workers today due to the arrogance of power would face serious consequences in the future.
Thousands of Congress workers from Huzurnagar constituency participated in the dharna and similar protests were also organised in all Assembly constituencies across the State today. (UNI)