Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party National General Secretary and former Minister, Nara Lokesh slammed the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy headed the government for its indifference in extending the required help to the flood-affected farmers.
Lokesh said that he visited the flood-affected areas recently in five districts and the farmers told him how only 10 to 15 per cent enumeration of damaged crops was being taken up by the Government. This was highly objectionable at a time when there was heavy damage to crops in over 215 manuals while over 10,000 houses were badly hit.
Addressing a press conference here, Nara Lokesh listed out demands for the YSRCP regime and demanded immediate steps for ensuring 100 per cent enumeration of crop losses in all the affected districts and mandals. After this, Rs.25,000 compensation per acre should be paid so as to rescue the farmers from losses and debts. Aquaculture in Kolleru lake surroundings and in the Godavari districts was badly damaged.
“The farmers invested up to Rs 5 lakh per acre of fish tanks. If the Government does not compensate these farmers, they will be bogged down in severe losses. Their fish tanks should be enumerated for giving full compensation”, he demanded.
Lokesh demanded the AP Government to extend Rs 5,000 financial assistance to each family which was affected in the floods and heavy rains. It was unfortunate that Jagan Reddy, who promised to bring in ‘Rythu Rajyam’ (farmers rule) before the 2019 elections, was now making the lives of farmers miserable.
No Minister or ruling party MLA visited flood-hit areas and they did not bother to extend a helping hand to the aggrieved farmers or poor families in their hour of crisis.
“This Government is spending hundreds of crores for publicity but not finding any money to help the farmers when they were in distress”, he lashed out. Nara Lokesh deplored that instead of coming to the rescue of farmers, the ruling YCP Ministers and MLAs were making counter-attacks on him for visiting damaged crops.
Lokesh asked why the Chief Minister and the DGP were not tendering an unconditional apology to the Dalit farmers who were handcuffed and sent to jail for no fault of theirs.