Guntur: Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly and YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today launched a two-day Rythu Deeksha here demanding that the State government support and ensure justice for farmers in the State.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at the Deeksha site on Nallapadu Road in the city, Jagan said the plight of farmers in the State was deteriorating year after year as the Chandrababu Naidu government ditched them by defaulting on Rs 4,894 crore of input subsidy in the last three years. “The man, who staged dharnas demanding Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 input subsidy for each farmer when he was in the Opposition, completely ignored the issue after becoming the Chief Minister,” Jagan fired and stated that each farmer in the State is undergoing turmoil due to unfavorable conditions for farming as well as for selling the produce in the market.
The prices of turmeric, chili, tomatoes, and even onions have gone down drastically when the farmers are trying to sell. They don’t have sufficient cold-storage facilities, and the charges were hiked at the existing facilities. Farmers are sleeping on roads for days together as there are no buyers at markets. But still the government was not in a position to take any action to safeguard their interests, Jagan said and hoped that his two-day Deeksha would open Chandrababu’s eyes so that he can see the reality and do something to mitigate the farmers’ problems.