Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha national general secretary P. Sugunakar Rao has alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was shedding crocodile tears for the welfare of farming community by constituting Farmers’ Coordination Committees.
He reminded people that the Farmers’ Coordination Committees were not new as they were only replica of Farmers Producers Organisation (FPO) that exist in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and other states.
Condemning the allegations made against the BJP government on welfare of farmers, he alleged that the Chief Minister was making charges out of frustration as he feared losing the power in ensuing elections. He also demanded the Chief Minister to withdraw his statements made against the BJP government which was striving for the welfare of farmers since it attained power.
Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, Mr. Sugunakara Rao charged the Chief Minister of playing politics by convening a meeting with the farmers only to gain mileage by shedding a few crocodile tears.
Suicides on the rise
He pointed out that the number of suicides by farmers had crossed 3,500 in the State. The BJP leader asked as to why the Government had failed to provide the promised financial assistance of ₹6 lakh each to of the bereaved family members of farmers, who had committed suicide.
Refuting the charges on the linkage of Godavari and Cauvery rivers, he asked the Chief Minister as to why he had launched the Farmers’ Coordination Committees and distribution of financial assistance of ₹8,000 per acre per annum after completing four years in office.
Stating that the Union Government had announced Fasal Beema Yojana for the benefit of farmers, he charged the Telangana government with not enrolling even 10% of the farmers under the insurance scheme.
He also ridiculed the Chief Minister’s assertion that the government would appoint only TRS leaders as the members of the Farmers’ Coordination Committees in the State. He said the BJP government was releasing funds directly to the grama panchayats, which were otherwise neglected by the TRS government.
He demanded the State Government conducting of elections to the District Cooperative Central Banks, PACS etc which were the backbone of the farming sector.