HYDERABAD: Even as a division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Monday advised the Telangana government to give due importance to farmers’ issues, the latter intensified efforts to solve power crisis in the State.
Telangana State SPDCL CMD G Raghuma Reddy and other officials will fly to Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of including the State in the Centre’s 24X7 power supply programme called the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyothi Yojana or Power for All Scheme. As of now, only Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan have been brought under the new scheme. Raghuma Reddy and team will submit proposals in this regard to the Union Power Ministry.
The High Court, which was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Pakala Srihari Rao, president of the Telangana Rythu Rakshana Samithi, complaining against the alleged indifference of the authorities to the uplift of the farming community, observed, “Time has come for governments to take the initiative and stop farmers’ suicides.”
The division bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar, also remarked that apart from sectors like entertainment and sports, the government should focus on issues pertaining to farmers who produce food for the people. The petitioner sought a directive to the State and Central governments to grant assistance of a minimum of `10 lakh each to the bereaved families of farmers. The court later adjourned hearing by two weeks.