Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Friday, 24 March, lashed out at BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar for saying that the ₹10,000-per-acre compensation that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has announced for farmers in hailstorm-affected districts was grossly insufficient.
In a tweet, the finance minister asked, “Can Bandi Sanjay or any other BJP leader prove that there were states who were paying more than ₹10,000 per acre to rain-affected farmers?”
He said that the BJP was a pot calling the kettle black when it said that Telangana was not implementing the prime minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana scheme.
Telangana not alone
“In the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat, the scheme is not in implementation. This was announced by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar himself. This has proved that the scheme is not of much use for farmers,” Harish Rao tweeted, pointing out that as many as 10 states, including Gujarat, and five Union territories were not implementing the scheme.
తెలంగాణలో ఫసల్ బీమా అమలు చేయాలని అడుగుతున్న బండి సంజయ్..
ముందు ప్రధాని మోదీ సొంత రాష్ట్రం గుజరాత్ లో ఎందుకు అమలు చేయడం లేదో చెప్పగలవా..? దేశంలోని 10 రాష్ట్రాలు, 5 కేంద్ర పాలిత ప్రాంతాలు ఫసల్ బీమాను వ్యతిరేకిస్తున్నాయని పార్లమెంట్ సాక్షిగా బీజేపీ కేంద్ర మంత్రి నరేంద్ర సింగ్… pic.twitter.com/EwS8ZgDjdI
— Harish Rao Thanneeru (@BRSHarish) March 24, 2023
Harish Rao said that KCR had proved himself to be a great friend of the farmers by announcing ₹10,000 per acre to hailstorm-affected farmers and ridiculed the BJP for picking holes in KCR’s announcement.
“If BJP talks about farmers, it looks as though devils are quoting from the scriptures,” he said.
Also Read: Farmers’ body calls 2023 Budget the ‘most anti-farmer Budget’
‘KCR: A man with a generous heart’
The finance minister said that KCR, by announcing ₹228 crore as relief to hailstorm-affected farmers, has proved that when it comes to helping farmers, he has a very generous heart.
The prime minister had said in the past that he would double the income of the farmers but, in the process, doubled the assets of Adani, quipped Rao.
He said that the BJP dispensation at the Centre had, in fact, become the tormentor of the farmers by trying to usher in farm acts that were intended to hurt the interests of the farmers. While fighting these black laws, many farmers died, he recalled.
Also Read: Heavy rainfall and hailstorms pound parts of Telangana
Standing up for KCR
Earlier in the day, BRS working president KT Rama Rao, in a tweet, said that only in Telangana is the government paying the farmers ₹10,000 per acre as crop investment and ₹10,000 per acre as compensation if the crop is lost due to natural calamities, like the recent hailstorms.
భారత " రైతు " సమితి
పంట నష్టపోతే రూ.పదివేలు
మన రైతన్న మనోగతం
" ఒక్క కేసీఅర్ సారు ఉంటే చాలు…
మాకు అదే పదివేలు… "
తెలంగాణ మళ్ళీ వెనక్కి.. వందేళ్లు pic.twitter.com/FyjjGIaIug
— KTR (@KTRBRS) March 24, 2023
Rhyming for effect, he hinted that farmers were feeling quite happy to have KCR as the chief minister as he took care of all their needs in times of crisis. This is what the farmers were thinking about KCR, Rama Rao said.
He urged farmers not to trust anyone else, as if they do, they would be putting the Telangana development clock back by 100 years.