Rabi paddy row: Telangana CM gives an ultimatum to Centre

Jannie Delucca

Telangana Main Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi President K Chandrashekar Rao has given an ultimatum to the Union Authorities, asking it to give a categorical ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to procurement of paddy in the rabi year.

Using the battle in excess of the rabi paddy to the streets, he led a protest dharna at the ‘Dharna Chowk’ at the Indira Park on Thursday, he demanded that the Centre should really give an remedy in three days. “Wewill intensify the battle to convey to the region about the Government’s indifferent angle with regard to the situation,” he claimed.

Criticising the Modi Authorities for its indifferent angle in this regard, he claimed any delay in providing a clarity on the rabi procurement could result in really serious damage to the passions of farmers.

Accompanied by his Cupboard colleagues, get together MPs and MLAs, the Main Minister held the three-hour dharna to carry dwelling the information that the onus is on the Union Authorities, and not on the State Authorities, to take get in touch with on irrespective of whether to go for paddy in rabi or not.

This the second time that the ruling get together is holding dharnas in the State. It held protest meets throughout the State on November 12 to push for its demand from customers.

Addressing the dharna, Telangana Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy criticised the Central Authorities for its lopsided procurement insurance policies. He claimed that the Foods Company of India (FCI) is nevertheless to comprehensive the past year’srabi procurement concentrate on. “It is nevertheless to procure about five lakh tonnes,” he claimed.

The TRS President’s decision to maintain protests will come right after the Union Authorities refusing to procure the parboiled rice from the State, citing enormous pile of buffer shares.

The farmers in Telangana grows paddy in about fifty four lakh acres in the rabi year.

On Wednsday, the Main Minister wrote a letter to Primary Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to intervene and announce an yearly procurement system.

He claimed it was essential for the State to system crop diversification.

He also required the Union Authorities to announce procurement targets for the upcoming rabi year.

Assembly with Governor

Just after the dharna, a delegation of MPs and MLAs led by the TRS President, will meet up with Tamilisai Soundarajan, the Governor, to explain the situation and give her a memorandum.

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