WARANGAL: TRS senior leader and Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar alleged that the BJP and TDP leaders are misleading the farmers with their false statements on the cotton procurement in Maharashtra.
“Though they are saying that the Maharashtra government is offering Rs.500 bonus in addition to the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs.4100 per quintal of cotton, it is indeed not true. I have checked it with the officials of both Maharashtra and Telanagana who clearly said there is no such system,” he clarified.
He also asked the Opposition leaders not to resort to personal attacks.
Addressing media here on Tuesday, he said fixing the MSP for crops is done by the Centre and asked the Opposition to meet the Prime Minister and see that the MSP for cotton is increased instead of demanding for bonus by the state government. Saying that Maharashtra ruled by BJP and Karnakata ruled by Congress, have indeed occupied the first and second slots respectively with regard to farmers’ suicides in the country, he said BJP and Congress have no right to criticise the TRS government which is providing thousands of crores of rupees to farmers in the form of subsidies.
“While Rs 4,300 crore power subsidy is given to 22 lakh farmers, the state government has also offered Rs 84,000 crore subsidy for Kharif and Rs 50,000 crore subsidy for Rabi season on the seeds,” he explained.
However, he said they need some more to time to set the things right in health and education sectors as they came to power just 15 months ago. “If the State was created in 2009, it would have got the first place in development by this time,” he added.
He said TRS is ready for an open debate on the schemes being implemented by its government.
TRS district president Takkalapally Ravindar Rao and other leaders were present at the programme.