‘Several welfare measures undertaken for farmers’

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday said that the state government has launched several programmes for the welfare of farmers, licensed cultivators and farm workers.

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

Rajahmundry: Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday said that the state
government has launched several programmes for the welfare of
farmers, licensed cultivators and farm workers.

He was speaking after laying a foundation stone of three
33 KV sub stations, women welfare hostels and two drinking
waters schemes in the district at a cost of Rs 60 crore.

Reddy said that the government has held talks with the
officials of revenue, agricultural, irrigation, bank and
others in the past six months, to protect the interests of
farm sector.

He further said that the government has brought a unique
scheme `Tillage Farmers Protection Hand` through an ordinance
to protect the interests of farmers and licensed cultivators.

Reddy distributed license cards to the eligible 26 lakh
licensed cultivators under this scheme, here. The loan
eligibility cards will make them eligible for crop loans from
banks, input subsidy, fertiliser subsidy, crop compensation
and any other relief announced and distributed by the
government in case of natural calamities.

"The government has waived crop loans worth Rs 650 crore
to farmers. This facility will be extended to licensed
cultivators besides other benefits availing the farmers
including bank loans, subsidy, fertilizer subsidy, etc," Reddy
said.

He said that a grievance cell would be set up in the
state capital to deal with the problems of farmers.

He urged the farmers and licensed cultivators not to
declare `crop holiday` and go ahead to achieve good results in
difficult period.

He said tenders will be called in August for the Rs
16,000 crore Indira Sagar Polavaram project in the district to
solve the drinking water problem, besides providing water for
cultivation.

"This project has obtained all permissions but the
government is making all efforts to get national status for
this," he said.

The Union Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju
said that the state government has launched several welfare
programmes for the benefit of farmers in the state.

"The Minimum Support Price (MSP) to paddy has been
increased from Rs 300 to Rs 400 by the UPA government, while
during six-year term of the NDA government the MSP was between
Rs 30 and 40," he said.

State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said that the
Congress government has been undertaking several beneficial
and welfare measures for the benefit of weaker sections.

PTI