VIJAYAWADA: The CPM has accused the state government of misleading people regarding ‘agriculture zones’ in the capital region master plan.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, CPM secretariat member Ch Babu Rao said that the state government is not conducting awareness programmes like it had conducted in the capital city villages for the master plan as it does not want to disclose the facts about the agricultural zones fearing that the farming community might revolt against it.
Finding fault with the state government for not considering the objections raised by the farmers on the proposed agriculture zones, Babu Rao said: “The government is creating confusion among farmers. Ministers are lying about the real purpose of the agriculture zones and stating that industrial and other development activities will be allowed, while the master plan clearly states that in agriculture zones no such activities would be allowed.”
Babu Rao demanded the state government to change the master plan by Feb 25 otherwise all the political parties extending solidarity to farming community will take up a state-wide massive agitation.
“It is better for the state government to conduct an all party meeting and even better if it holds a public debate on the subject of agriculture zones,” he said.
The Left leader also found fault with the state government for not bringing out a Telugu version of the master plans for the capital city, seed capital and the capital region, as promised earlier.