HYDERABAD: As many as 134 farmers in Telangana committed suicide just in the past two months and the government has remained a silent spectator and has not taken any steps to improve the lot of farmers in the state, the Telangana Rythu Joint Action Committee said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, the Rythu JAC chairman Prof. M Kodandaram said normally, farmers stay hopeful about their crops in August and September, but lack of support from the government drove them to despair. The government also did not distribute compensation for crop losses suffered last year to farmers, though Rs 703 crore was released by the Centre this April.
Most farmers, he said, did not receive crop loans even until middle of August 2016, and the delay in release of the third installment of loan waiver payment by the government resulted in further interest burden on farmers.
Another major concern across the state has been the take-over of lands for projects or industrial corridors using coercive methods, using hastily issued Government Orders, bypassing the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act (2013) which protect the interests of all affected people including land-owners and landless, he added. The Telangana Rythu JAC also announced that it will conduct a `Deeksha` in solidarity with farmers on October 23 at Indira Park dharna chowk in the city.Posters publicizing the event were released by Prof. Kodandaram and other JAC including Dr.Jalapathi Rao (convenor), Ravi Kanneganti of Rythu Swarajya Vedika, Anji Reddy and Sridhar Reddy of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Achutha Rama Rao of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha and Pittala Ravinder of Telangana political JAC.
The Deeksha programme is meant to draw attention to the plight of farmers in the state who suffered from severe neglect by the government as well as from the impact of adverse climate including two years of drought, a long dry spell this year followed by excessive rainfall and flooding, the Rythu JAC said.
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