Jagan stages dharna in support of Andhra farmers
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 19:54
Vijayawada: YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday staged a sit-in here to express support for farmers of Andhra Pradesh and issues raised by them.

The Kadapa MP said the Government must look into the issues like input subsidies raised by the farmers. He demanded compensation for farmers who have declared crop holiday.

Farmers in some AP districts have refused to sow paddy this kharif season to protest against a poor minimum support price (MSP), difficulty in getting bank loans and to demand input subsidies.

Jagan started his day-long dharna by paying tributes to his late father, former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, by garlanding his statue kept on the dais.

He asked the State Government to allocate Rs 3,000 crore to purchase paddy from farmers in the coming kharif season and pay a Rs 300 bonus over MSP.

The YSR Congress chief demanded that nearly 25 lakh tenant farmers in the state be provided bank loans to meet their cultivation expenditure.

He alleged that the State's Congress Government and the party-led ruling coalition at the Centre have failed to protect the interests of farmers.

The cost of agricultural inputs like fertiliser and seeds has increased manifold but farmers are still unable to get the MSP announced by the Union Government, he maintained.

Jagan concluded his sit-in after submitting a memorandum, listing his demands, to the Revenue Divisional Officer, Vijayawada.

Most of the Congress MLAs who have resigned in support of Jagan were present on the occasion.


First Published: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 19:54

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