Hyderabad: TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu
has appealed to President Pratibha Patil to prevail upon
Andhra Pradesh and central governments to provide liberal
input subsidy to calamity-hit farmers in the state.
In a letter handed over to Patil at Rashtrapati Nilayam
(Presidential retreat) here by TDP and Left leaders this
evening, Naidu claimed more than 150 farmers either committed
suicide or died of heart attack in the last 15 days in the
state due to crop loss.
"Crops that were ready for harvest in over 50 lakh acres
were completely destroyed in heavy rains early this month. But
the state government miserly announced input subsidy of only
Rs 6,000 per hectare, which is grossly insufficient," the
Leader of the Opposition said.
There was no mechanism in place to ensure minimum support
price for the damaged produce, forcing farmers into distress
sale, he said and sought the President`s intervention to
ensure proper marketing through government agencies.
The TDP chief said he had undertaken an indefinite
hunger strike seeking justice for farmers but he was forcibly
shifted to hospital and administered fluids.
Meanwhile, a meeting of opposition parties decided to
organise a `rythu garjana` (roar of farmers) at Guntur on
December 30 to bring pressure on the state government and the
Centre to address the farmers` issues immediately, according
to TDP politburo member K Yerran Naidu.
A delegation of Opposition MPs, MLCs and MLAs also met
Patil, who is in the city, and explained the miseries of
farmers in the state.