TDP chief for special Par session to discuss farme
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 20:06
Hyderabad: TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday demanded convening of a special session of Parliament to discuss farmers' plight even as he announced to undertake 'padayatra' in all the 22 districts of Andhra Pradesh from November 2 seeking justice for them.

Addressing a press conference here today, Chandrababu said that the Parliament should discuss the recommendations of M S Swaminathan Committee and initiate necessary action to pull the agriculture sector out of the deep crisis.

Accusing the state and the Central government of ignoring the agriculture sector, he said, "an unprecedented drought has hit Andhra Pradesh this season. More than 700 mandals (tehsils) across the state are reeling under drought caused by inadequate rains and acute power shortage.

"But the state government has not even notified the drought-hit areas, thereby leaving the farmers in the lurch."

"Crops in over 37 lakh acres have dried up due to inadequate rains while power shortage has left crops in over three lakh acres dry. The state government should own up responsibility for this," he said.

On his part, the TDP chief has decided to undertake padayatra (foot march) in all the 22 districts of the state from November 2 "to prepare farmers for a struggle seeking justice and a better deal".

The former Chief Minister pointed out that prices of agricultural inputs have shot up significantly in recent times as the government deregulated the prices. "On one hand, you deregulate prices of inputs and on the other you still want to control the prices of agro produce. Why this dichotomy," he questioned.

"I will start my padayatra from Anantapur district on November 2 and continue it in Kadapa, Kurnool, Prakasam, Guntur, Nalgonda and Khammam districts. I will tour the entire state in a phased manner," Chandrababu added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi to obtain reports from district Collectors about the drought situation in the state.

Based on the reports, the government would take a decision on declaring drought-hit mandals in a day or two, official sources said.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 20:06

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