Kamareddy, Sept.13 (Hydnow): Former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Monday demanded that the Central and State Governments give farmers complete freedom to decide the crops they want to grow.
Addressing a massive ‘Dalit Girijana Atma Gaurav Dandora‘ meeting at Machareddy of Kamareddy district today, Shabbir Ali strongly condemned Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for warning farmers against growing paddy crops. He said that the warning was not based on scientific data or market research.
He reminded that the Chief Minister while delivering his Independence Day speech took pride for the highest yield of paddy in Telangana.
In less than a month, he changed his stand and now he is warning farmers against growing Paddy while blaming the Centre for non-procurement of paddy.
“Farmers must be given the freedom to decide any crop which could bring them good profits. They should not be forced to practice regulatory farming under any circumstances,” he said.
Shabbir Ali also ridiculed CM KCR’s claims that his government was providing necessary assistance to the farmers. He said 24 hours free power supply to farmers became a reality due to the initiatives taken by the previous Congress Government. Further, the TRS Government was yet to fulfill the promise of waiving off crop loans up to Rs. 1 lakh.
Banks are not providing fresh loans to lakhs of farmers. Farmers are not getting proper supplies of seeds and fertilizers. None of the farmers, who lost their crops due to natural calamities, got any compensation in the last seven years.
Further, the majority of farmers in Telangana are not having any insurance for their crops due to the negligent attitude of both BJP and TRS governments. (Hydnow)