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KCR unveils plans to make farmers ''Life King Size' in Telangana State

Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 05:54 PM
Hyderabad, April 21: Asserting his determination to make farmers in the Telangana State "live like kings", Chief Minister K. Chandrarkhar Rao on Friday unveiled his plans at the 16th TRS Plenary Session to achieve this ambitious and unique welfare programs for the ryots.

In his inaugural address to the delegates at the Plenary Session, KCR, after explaining how the new State government of Telangana strove to disprove the predictions of many adversaries and emerged as the most viable and strong State in the country, revealed his dreams to better the lives of the farmers and make them emerge as kings instead of struggling to  eke out a decent living.

Asserting that to achieve this it was imperative for the farmers to come together on one platform, the Chief Minister said the State government itself would take the initiative in this direction by forming "rythu samaikyas" (farmers unions) from Gram Panchayat to State level. This would be completed within one year so that in the next state budget an amount Rs.500 crores would allocated for these rythu samaikyas which would ultimately grow to about Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 crore, he pointed out.
The Chief Minister said by forming these rythu samaikyas, middlemen and brokers would be eliminated to ensure that the farmers would get the required renumerative prices for their crops. These rythu samaikyas would give proper training to the farmers and hold discussions with them even before the crops are ready to ensure that they get the renumerative prices.Pointing out that the ryots were not able to get the renumerative prices because many a times the prices suddenly come down due to the fact that the same crop is grown by many farmers at one time, he said to avoid this it was imperative for creating crop colonies in the state. Explaining about the crop colonies, the Chief Minister said the viable crops to be grown in each district would be identified based on the soil strength and other suitable conditions. Thus the farmers in different areas would be taking up farming of different crops and thus ensure that the prices of their produce do not come down due to competition among themselves by growing the same crop, he observed.

                   Reminding that the state government had already announced about providing a seed capital of Rs.4000 per acre to the farmers, the Chief Minister said this amount wch would be deposited in the bank accounts of the farmers could be utilized for purchasing seeds, insecticides, fertilizers etc. Dispelling the false propaganda being resorted to be some opposition parties, he said that the government ensure that the Rs.4000 per acre financial assistance would be for not just one crop but two crops. For the first crop the amount would deposited in the farmers account in May and the second installment would be made in October.

KCR pointed out that 97 percent of the farmers are those having lands from 2.5 acres to 25 acres, while those having over  25 acres constituted 3 percent. As a matter of fact the so called big and rich farmers having more than 35 acres were only 0.28 percent. He said the state government would ensure that the financial assistance announced by the government would be for all categories of small and marginal farmers.

Earlier, the Chief Minister recalled that the pink flag had to be floated in 2001 after the people of the region suffered untold miseries in the undivided state. The farmers were forced to migrate to other places for living, the irrigation projects and tanks were dry, corruption was rampant in every field, illicit liquor business thrived and gambling dens flourished in nook and corner in the past. As a mater of fact when the new state was achieved utter chaotic and dreded conditions prevailed, he observed.
When the movement for a separate Telangana started, the Chief Minister reminded the then TDP and Congress leaders predicted dark days for the people if Telangana State was carved out. “Despite humiliation and insults heaped on us, we have struggled and strove to ensure that Telangana was on the road to progress. What is more, the TRS, which started with a small number of people has now grown with a strength of 75 lakh and thus became the single largest party in the entire country, observed.

The Chief Minister also recalled various developmental and welfare programs launched by his government like Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhageeratha, Haritha Haram, caste-based avocations for shepherds, dhobis, toddy tappers, handloom weavers and so on.. He said the State government succeeded in ensuring that there would be no power cuts for the people and also no shortage of drinking water. He assured that every household in the State would get drinking water supply daily from the Kirshna-Godavari project by the end of this year.

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