TDP MPs demand relief for drought-hit farmers

New Delhi, December 01: The Telugu Desam Party MPs on Wednesday staged a dharna before the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament demanding immediate relief for the drought-hit farmers in the State.

The MPs led by TDP Parliamentary Party leader Nama Nageshwara Rao staged dharna demanding that the Centre pay Rs 10,000 per acre as compensation to all the farmers in the drought-hit areas of the State. They said that the State and Centre should take concrete steps to ensure that the agriculture become a profitable profession. They also asked the government to implement the recommendations of Swaminathan Committee for the welfare of farmers.

Nageswara Rao alleged that the state government has completely ignored the welfare of farmers, especially in the drought-hit areas. He said despite declaring over 800 mandals in the State as drought-hit, the government did not take any measures to provide relief to the affected farmers. He alleged that the hundreds of farmers have committed suicide due to drought, he asked the government to pay ex-gratia to the families of farmers who committed suicide.