BJP Govt Is Not Fulfilling Assurances Given To State: Uttam
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Hyderabad/ New Delhi, February 10 (Maxim News): Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has strongly condemned the BJP Govt at the Centre for not fulfilling the assurances given to Telangana at the time of its formation as per Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Opposing the Motion of Thanks on the President Ramnath Kovind’s Address in the Lok Sabha in the early hours of Wednesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the people of Telangana were highly disappointed with the President’s Address. “What was assured for Telangana and its people when the State was created in the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act, 2014 was not addressed. We expected that there would be some mention of those promises in the President’s address. The unfulfilled promises include Railway Coach Factory at Kazipet, a steel plant at Bayyaram and many other issues,” he said.
Criticising the three new farm laws, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the controversial legislations have already started making a negative impact on the lives of farmers. He said a few MPs have asked the opposition to cite instances where farm laws have caused damage. He referred to the case of Telangana State. He said Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, made an announcement that the State Government would be closing down all the IKP and PACs centers which procure agriculture produce of farmers at Minimum Support Price (MSP). CM KCR has cited the new farm laws as the reason for closing down the procurement centres from this Rabi season onwards. He sought to know as to what transpired in the meeting between PM Modi and CM KCR.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the BJP Government at the Centre was insincere and non-committal on MSP and procurement of agriculture produce although the President mentioned about them in his address. He said that the budgetary allocations for schemes through which the government was supposed to implement MSP have been reduced year-on-year. Quoting figures, he said Rs. 3,000 crore were allocated for Price Support Scheme in the year 2019-20. The amount was reduced to Rs. 2,000 crore in 2020-21 and further reduced to Rs. 1500 Crore in 2021-22. (Maxim News)