Cheques of Rs 0.68 sent to PM Modi by farmers on his b’day

Kurnool: On his 68th birthday (September, 17), farmers of Kurnool district sent thousands of cheques bearing an amount of Rs 0.68 to Prime Minister Modi in a protest. The move is a result of the continuous negligence of the government.

Thousands of cheques were collected by Rayalaseema Saguneeti Sadhana Samithi (RSSS) to be presented to the PM.

According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, RSSS president Bojja Dasarah Reddy said that contrary to its image of a water-starved region, major rivers such as Krishna and Penna as well as their tributaries Tungabhadra, Vedavati, Handri and Chitravathi, Kundu, Bahuda carry well over 1,000 tmc ft of water each year to the region.

Due to the biased allocation of water, the region faces severe drought on account of insufficient irrigation infrastructure, despite having access to a large amount, he added.

He said that to develop the backward region, a special development package was announced on lines of the Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahand special plan in Odisha and the Bundelkhand special package in Madhya Pradesh in the AP State Bifurcation Act.

The bifurcation Act also predicted completing ongoing projects like Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari, the steel plant at Kadapa, railway zone at Guntakal, a number of educational institutes including an agricultural University and health institutes, Reddy added.