Chodavaram (Visakhapatnam Dt): Launching the TDP government’s flagship programme for farmers ‘Polam Pilustondi’ at the High School grounds here Friday, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu vowed to dedicate his life for the welfare of farmers and turn farming into the most profitable profession.
Addressing a large number of farmers who attended the programme on the first day of his two-day tour of the district, Chandrababu Naidu put forth the broad contours of the government’s farmer-friendly initiatives.
The Polam Pilustondi was designed in such a way that the farmer would get necessary help from all the government wings concerned. In order to help improve yield, officials and agricultural experts would visit at least two villages every Tuesday and Wednesday during kharif to offer technical support.
Mandal-level review meetings on the first and 16th of every month would help farmers sort out their local issues and problems. Naidu would monitor the situation by personally visiting all the 13 districts during the kharif season.
Reiterating that the government was not going back on the loan waiver promise, he said in the wake of non-cooperation from the RBI and lack of clarity on the state’s revenues, the government was exploring ways to waive the farm and SHG loans at the earliest.
Broaching the issue of drinking water, the chief minister said linking-up of all possible water resources and construction of a canal and pipeline network was being considered to supply water to municipalities, major panchayats and villages.
“The government will bring water till the outskirts from where the respective local body will supply it to the households. I will ensure that all the villages in the state get drinking water with this programme,” Naidu said.
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Chodavaram: Accepting Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekar Rao’s challenge on development, Chandrababu Naidu advised his counterpart that it was better not to provoke him on developmental activities.“Development is not just division. I have vast experience and knowledge on future challenges and how to develop the state. I am welcoming KCR’s challenge and after five years the people will assess the progress,” Naidu said.