KCR ignores drought-hit farmers, obsessed with construction activity: Shabbir

Leader of  the Opposition  in the Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir today said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was only focusing  on  non-productive  activities in the last  three years  even  as  farmers were facing  water shortage and unable  to get  bank loans due to half-hearted  loan waiver  program. He said the CM turned Telangana No 2 in farmers’ suicides.

In a press release here today, Shabbir Ali said, “Without rains in the last 20 days, crops like paddy, maize and cotton were withering and  a drought like situation has  emerged in the  State for  third  successive  year”. He said though  total crop area  was 1.08 crore  acres, only  35 lakh  acres  were under irrigation of which  only 30 lakh acres were sown this year. Agriculture Minister himself had declared that the situation was alarming with  a  534 TMC deficit  in Godavari out of that 395  TMC shortfall in Krishna  basin alone.

He urging the government to immediately declare more areas as drought affected and consult the Centre and experts on how to avoid hardships to farmers and  farm labor with  MNREGA, subsidies  and so on instead of  holding talks with Karnataka and  AP  on  water issues. Stating that the Chief Minister was functioning like emperor Nero, who was partying while Rome was burning, Shabbir Ali said Chief Minister’s camp office spreads over 11 acres built at a cost of Rs 300 crore was bigger than that of Prime Minister  Narendra Modi on 7, Race Course Road, Delhi.

Shabbir Ali also faulted the Chief Minister for taking up with the Prime Minister for allotment of Bison Polo ground and increase of Assembly seats during his recent Delhi trip. Why no discussion about promises under the AP  Reorganization Act, 2014 like Railway Coach Factory, Power Generation, Bayyaram Steel Factory and so on taken up,  he asked. (NSS)