The Telangana government led by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is trying to make agriculture profitable, said Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Errabelli Dayakar Rao.

Speaking after inaugurating the paddy procurement centre at Matedu village at Thorrur mandal in the district on Thursday, he said, “The welfare and development programmes being implemented by the Telangana government led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao indicate that he is taking all steps to make agriculture a profitable occupation. In addition to the Rythu Bandhu, the State government’s flagship programme that provides Rs 10,000 per acre per annum to the farmers as input subsidy, and the Rythu Bhima, insurance scheme provides a life cover of Rs 5 lakh for farmers, the government is spending thousands of crores of rupees on irrigation projects, so that to turn parched lands into green pastures,” he added.

The government which completed Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) in a record time has also started to supply waters. Referring to the 24-hour power supply to the farming sector, he said that KCR made it possible that the previous governments had even dared to dream.

“In a bid to ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers’ produce, the government has allocated Rs 13,000 crore for paddy procurement for this Kharif season,” he said.

Stating that the State government has made arrangements for the procurement of paddy from farmers by offering the MSP, he accused the Central government of not opening the required number of purchasing centres for the cotton procurement through the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI).

On receiving Swachh Survekshan Grameen Award from the Centre, he said that the State could achieve the award as the State government took several measures to maintain cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in the rural areas.

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