Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay asks party cadre to make field visits to gauge crop loss caused by unseasonal rains

In a teleconference with the leaders, he asked them to make field visits and collect the details of the crop losses.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 25, 2023 | 7:38 PMUpdatedApr 25, 2023 | 7:38 PM

Bandi Sanjay Kumar, BJP Telangana state president. (Facebook)

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Tuesday, 25 April, called upon leaders and cadre of the party to come to the rescue of farmers who suffered heavy crop losses due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the last few days.

In a teleconference with district BJP presidents, senior leaders, and BJP Kisan Morcha leaders, Sanbjay asked them to make field visits in the next couple of days and collect the details of crop losses.

“Let us make a representation to the district collectors on assistance to the affected farmers in the next two days, and if there was no response from the government, let us intensify our agitation,” he said.

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‘Farmers suffered irrecoverable losses’

Sanjay said the farming community across the state suffered irrecoverable losses due to continuous unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

“In many places, crops about to be harvested were lost to the rains. The farmers who spent an additional amount of ₹20,000 per acre on the crops this year suffered heavily due to hailstorms,” he said.

He added that the plight of tenant farmers was unexplainable, as they took the land on lease by resorting to heavy borrowings, but were now in deep distress due to crop loss.

The farmers were being compelled to die by suicide due to crop losses days before harvesting and their inability to repay the debts, he said.

Sanjay also lashed out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for failing to fulfil his promise of paying ₹10,000 per acre each to farmers, who had lost their crops due to unseasonal rains.

“But till now, he has not paid even a single penny to the farmers,” he criticised.

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Procurement centres opened late?

He said had the government opened procurement centres well on time, 30-40 percent of farmers would not have lost their crops.

As there was an inordinate delay in opening the procurement centres, the harvesting got delayed, as a result of which the crops were washed away in hailstorms, he said.

Sanjay also appealed to the party leaders and cadres to celebrate the 100th episode of “Mann Ki Baat”, being held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 April.

“It should be celebrated in a festive atmosphere. We shall install big television screens in each of 100 centres in each Assembly constituency to see that all sections of people would view it,” he said.

Sanjay said all the party functionaries should submit the details of the “Booth Swashakteekaran Abhiyan” programmes taken up till now to the party office by Wednesday.