Andhra CM promises free power for farm sector till 2014

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday assured the farmers in the state free power supply for the farming sector till the year 2014, when his government completes the term.

Updated: May 17, 2011, 23:41 PM IST

Sangareddy: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday assured the farmers in the state free power supply for the farming sector till the year 2014, when his government completes the term.

Reddy said that despite the Planning Commission`s
objections to the Free Power policy of the states, his
government continued with the scheme.

"State Government is spending Rs 27,700 crore on free
power scheme and ready to spend more for the welfare of
farmers in the state," Reddy said.

"We have purchased 1000 MW in March and 800 MW in April.
If necessary we will impose some new taxes to garner more
funds for the welfare of farmers and agriculture sector," he
added.

Reddy was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating
`Rythu Chaitanya Yatra` at Ismail Khan Pet village near here
today afternoon.

Reddy said his government is committed to bring another
Green Revolution in the state, which is why the Jala Yagnam
has been intensified. State Government planned to irrigate
1.20 crore acre land with the construction of new irrigation
projects worth Rs 1.20 lakh crore.

"Over the last six years, we have spent Rs 52,000 crore
and irrigated 25 lakh acres of land. Another Rs 18,000 crore
will be spent in next year bringing another 36 lakh acre Net
Ayacut Area," the Chief Minister added.

Telanagana region is perhaps the biggest beneficiary in
irrigation projects, as Rs 24,000 crore, out of the Rs 52,000
crore were spent for the projects in this region. Andhra and

Rayalaseema got projects worth Rs 14,000 crore each.
Based on the state government`s request, the
Pranahitha-Chevella project will get national status from the
Centre.

The Chief Minister further added that State Government
will take a delegation of MPs from the state to the Prime
Minister with the request of increasing the Minimum Support
Price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 200 per quintal.

Minister for Major Industries J Geetha Reddy, Minister
for Agriculture and Higher Education C Damodhar Raj Narasimha,
Minister Women and Child Welfare Sunitha Laxma Reddy, MLAs and
MLCs from the district were present at the public meeting.

PTI