Voicing concern over the drastic decline in the area under the Yasangi crops in the State this year, BRS leader and former Agriculture Minister, S Niranjan Reddy on Thursday wanted to know from the State government whether it could come out with facts and figures pertaining to the area under different crops last year and so far this year.

Addressing a news conference at Telangana Bhavan, he said the farmers’ community would bear the brunt of the government’s failure to extend the crop investment support under Rythu Bandhu and the irrigation support. The Congress government had failed where the BRS government had succeeded.

Questioning the delay in the disbursement of the Rythu Bandhu assistance, he wondered as to why the government was not able to stick to its words. Delay in disbursal of the Rythu Bandhu installment had serious implications on the farm sector as a whole. The Yasangi operations were affected badly.

The former Minister recalled that the Congress government was warned against delaying the Rythu Bandhu payments. It was also advised to take time for

the implementation of the guarantees. But the government priorities were different and its approach to the farm sector proved to be costly.

KCR-bashing cannot be the sole agenda of Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, he said while stressing the need to have an action plan to fulfill its promises to the people of the State. The Chief Minister must spell out what his government was going to do for the people along with the timeline for implementation.

The Congress government in the undivided State had neglected the Palamuru projects for three and half to four decades and deprived the region of 174 tmc of water which it should have availed by gravity flow. The present status of projects such as Jurala, Nettempadu and Bhima owed to the Congress regimes. The Kalwakurthy project too could not realise its full potential. Reservoirs with a gross storage capacity of 3.9 tmc were built to support an ayacut of 3.90 lakh acres. If all the five pump sets installed under the project to lift water from Krishna were operated simultaneously, the carrying capacity of the canal system would prove to be inadequate.
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