‘Government keen on providing marketing, storage facility to farmers’

Harish Rao has also inspected the works of Mosambi market at SLBC in Nalgonda and instructed the officials to complete the works within the stipulated period.

By Author   |   Published: 5th Oct 2017   7:55 pm Updated: 6th Jan 2018   4:44 pm
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao inspecting the works of Mosambi market at SLBC in Nalgonda town on Thursday.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao inspecting the works of Mosambi market at SLBC in Nalgonda town on Thursday.

Nalgonda: The Minister for Irrigation and Marketing T Harish Rao has said that the State government was keen on providing marketing and storage facility to farmers.

Speaking at a meeting after inaugurating Rythu Bazar at Nalgonda, Harish Rao reminded that the earlier governments have failed to provide storage facility to the farmers to preserve their crops that would help in getting better prices in the market. Citing Nalgonda district as an example for it, he pointed out that the godowns with storage capacity of 13,000 metric tons were setup in the district during the tenures of earlier Congress and TDP governments.

But, TRS government setup godowns with total capacity of 2.35 lakh metric tons in the last three-years. The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has sanctioned a godown to each mandal in the district, he added.

Reminding that the State government has sanctioned Mosambi Market at Nalgonda, Lemon Market at Nakrekal and Little Gourd Market at Devarakonda in Nalgonda district, Harish Rao has announced that the construction of Mosambi Market, which was taken up in 12 acres at SLBC, would be completed and inaugurated by November 5. Similarly, the construction of Lemon Market and Little Gourd Markets in the district would also be completed within two-months, he assured.

Farmers’ demand for reduction of power supply to 12 hours

When the Irrigation Minister has pointed out that 24 hours power supply was being implemented in the district, a farmer Chilikala Ramulu, a native of Edhulur village in Kattangur mandal, has raised voice that nine hours of uninterrupted power supply to agriculture sector was enough in view of ground water levels.

Responding to it, Harish Rao has asked the farmers, who were attended the meeting to their raise their hands, who wants nine hours power supply. When only few farmers were raised their hands, the Minister has again asked the farmers, who wanted 12 hours of power supply instead of 24 hours. Reacting to it, almost all the farmers at the meeting were raised their hands.

Keeping in view of the opinion of farmers, Harish Rao assured them that he would bring the demand of the farmers to the notice of Chief Minister and make efforts for supply of power for 12 hours instead of 24 hours.

“It seems that farmers were with the belief that nine hours power supply in day time and three hours in night time was enough for agriculture sector”, he maintained.

He pointed out that seven hours of power supply to the agricultural pump sets in the earlier Congress government has remained hardship to the farmers as low voltage and power trips was frequent then. Reminding that the farmers were agitated for more hours of power supply during earlier Congress government, he said that the situation was reversed now as the same farmers were demanding for reduction of hours of power supply.

Opposition parties creating hurdles to development projects

Minister for Power and SC Development G Jagdish Reddy has reminded that the Telangana State has been witnessing rapid development for the last three-years. The Chief Minister has focused the development of Telangana state, which was achieved prolonged agitation and taken up several projects in this direction. Indirectly targeting the Congress and TDP leaders, he alleged that some forces were trying to create hurdles to the development projects for their political interests. He pointed out that 296 cases have filed in the Courts by such forces to create hurdles to the development projects including Irrigation Projects and also welfare schemes.

He alleged that the Congress leaders in the district including TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy and CLP leader K Jana Reddy were kept silence when the earlier government has created artificial drought in the area of left canal of Nagarjuna sagar Project for seven years by looting our share of water.

Stating that the Chief Minister was keen on creating one crore acre ayacut in the state by properly utilizing water of Krishna and Godavari rivers, he said that the opposition leaders were enacting dramas of Dharnas to mislead the people on development projects. He has also strongly criticized the Congress and TDP leaders for politicizing even Farmers’ coordination Committees, which were aimed at bringing the days in which the farmers would fix the price to their crops.

Bhongir MP Boora Narsaiah Goud, Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukender Reddy, Telangana State Forest Development Corporation Chairman Banda Narender Reddy, Zilla Parishad Chairman N Balu Naik, MLCs Karne Prabhakar and Pula Ravinder were also attended the programme.