`CM should demand more central funds to end farmer woes`

Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu appealed to Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy to impress upon the Centre to allocate additional funds to help distressed farmers who suffered crop losses due to rains in the state.

Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 17:40 PM IST

Hyderabad: Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu
on Thursday appealed to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar
Reddy to impress upon the Centre to allocate additional funds
to help distressed farmers who suffered crop losses due to
untimely rains in the state.

"The Chief Minister along with an all-party delegation
should meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon and apprise him
about the pathetic conditions faced by farmers and request him
to allocate more funds to end the woes of farmers who need a
relief package better than what the state government had
announced," Naidu told reporters here.

Stating that there should be a mechanism to implement
relief packages to affected farmers, the BJP leader said
committees comprising of elected representatives of all
political parties should be constituted to supervise the
implementation of relief packages at mandal and village level.

Alleging that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had not
yet begun purchasing damaged and discoloured paddy, Naidu said
purchase centers should be set up at mandal level which would
enable farmers to sell their damaged paddy.

PTI