KCR demands withdrawal of cases registered against farmers
Rao, who has attacked the NDA government on several issues, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh each from the Telangana government to the families of “700-750 farmers” who lost their lives during the agitation.
Appreciating the successful agitation of the farmers, he said that now they are feeling relieved after the announcement of repeal of the laws by the Prime Minister.
Rao demanded that the Prime Minister take steps to withdraw thousands of cases allegedly registered against farmers in connection with the agitation.
They also demanded withdrawal of the case registered in connection with the agitation against Bengaluru-based activist Disha and similar cases.
There would be no point in continuing the cases or “harassing farmers” when a policy decision has been taken to repeal agricultural laws, he claimed.
Demanding the Center to bring a Minimum Support Price Act to help farmers, Rao said the TRS would also join the fight for such a law.
He said that TRS will fight on the issue of MSP law in the upcoming Parliament session. “Farmers are not asking for maximum support price,” he said.
“When we talk about ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, then self-reliant agriculture (self-reliant agriculture) is very important in this country. Because we are a very populous country. Our population is reaching 140 crores today. If there is any setback in this country has agriculture, then no country in the world has the capacity to feed us.”
“I humbly request the Prime Minister to make India’s agriculture sector ‘self-reliant’ on top priority,” he said.
Noting that the new electricity bill proposes to install meters on agricultural pump sets, he demanded its withdrawal.
Alleging that the Center has exerted enormous pressure on the state governments over the proposed electricity law, he said it should not be imposed on the state governments.
He said that the state government is providing free electricity to the farmers round the clock.
He claimed that threats like withholding funds to the state would amount to dictatorial attitude.
Alleging that the NDA government delayed Telangana’s share in the Krishna and Godavari river waters, he said he would meet Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat during his next visit to Delhi and demand that the state share be decided.
Telangana and neighboring Andhra Pradesh have sharp differences over river water sharing.
He said that if the Center does not constitute a tribunal and refer the matter to it, the TRS will launch a massive agitation besides raising the issue in Parliament.
He further alleged that the Center has failed to fulfill its responsibility of deciding the issue of river water sharing.
Rao also demanded that the Center decide on other pending issues and demands of the state, including increased quota for STs, caste census of backward classes and classification of SCs.
He also threatened to launch agitations on these issues.
Recalling that the Center had termed the caste census of backward classes as a sensitive issue, he wondered what was the need to keep it confidential.
“When casteism is a reality in the country, what is the need to keep the census a secret?” He asked.
Rao also demanded that the Center give an annual target of procurement of paddy from Telangana in a year. They staged a dharna here on Thursday over this issue.
The sit-in by Rao and other TRS leaders came in the backdrop of a war of words between the ruling TRS and the BJP over paddy procurement and clashes between workers of both the parties during the visit of state BJP president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar to procurement centers this week. . ,
He said a delegation of ministers, MPs and officials would soon leave for Delhi to demand the Center to state the ‘annual target’.
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