Telangana government assures help for farmers affected by unseasonal rains

Meanwhile, Telangana Congress lashed out at KCR and KTR for politicising the ordeal of the affected farmers.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Apr 26, 2023 | 2:45 PMUpdatedApr 26, 2023 | 2:45 PM

Telangana farmers rain

With hailstorms playing havoc with harvested and standing crops in Telangana, BRS working president and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday, 26 April, made an appeal to farmers not to be upset over the natural calamity as the state government would stand by them.

In a statement, the minister asked the MLAs and other people’s representatives to visit the hailstorm-affected areas and instill confidence in the farmers that help from the government would come their way soon.

He said he was aware of the sudden turn in weather which, in the form of cloudbursts and hailstorms, had ravaged the crops across the state.

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‘Help will reach in time’

The MLAs and other people’s representatives would coordinate with the officials to ensure that the help would reach the farmers in time, he added.

He recalled Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao visiting rain-affected districts in the recent past and how he stood by the farmers in their hour of crisis.

He said the government in the state was always in favour of the farmers as KCR would always go to their rescue whenever they faced any difficulty.

He also asked the officials to be available at the field level in view of the alert from the meteorological department that more hailstorms might lash the state in the next two days.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister T Harish Rao also sought to alleviate the suffering of the farmers affected by rains.

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Officials ordered to assess losses

Speaking to media persons after visiting villages in Siddipet district along with the district collector, the minister said that the chief minister had already announced ₹10,000 per acre to the farmers whose paddy crop had been damaged in the recent past.

He said that only the Telangana government was paying as much as ₹10,000 per acre for the farmers and that no other state in the country pays this much.

At the most, the relief is about ₹2,000 to ₹3000 per acre in other states, he said, and asked the officials to assess the crop loss and send reports to the state government immediately.

The minister said that in Siddipet district alone, crops in 35,000 acres had been damaged in the recent rains. It is not yet known the extent of damage the last night’s rains had caused, he said.

Meanwhile, Telangana Congress president A Revanth Reddy lashed out at KCR and KTR for revelling in politics at a time when farmers were going through an agonising ordeal.

In a tweet, the Congress leader said: “When rains are playing havoc in Telangana, KCR was in Aurangabad and his son KTR is in BRS plenary sessions.

“Isn’t it inhuman to be so callous to the travails of the farmers? Do they have any sense of responsibility? Is this a government at all? Time will come when farmers and youth will bury the BRS in a deep hole for good,” he said.