HYDERABAD: In order to step up its resistance to the state government’s proposed Land Survey, the Congress has decided to deploy 20,000 party workers at the ground level to create awareness among farmers about the alleged “ulterior motives” behind the survey. These 20,000 workers will be chosen from across the state, two from each polling booth area. The party will hold training classes for them district-wise from September 18 to 22. These handpicked workers will also be given the responsibility of setting up Rythu Samrakshana Samithis (Farmers’ Protection Committees) in each village against the Farmers’ Coordination Committees being formed by the state government.
“We will ensure that at least three persons from each village will be accommodated in the 20,000-member team. Priority will be given to Dalits, Adivasis and weaker sections, who are traditional voters of the Congress,” party sources said. The TPCC leadership is planning to give an attractive name to this entire programme. “Intinta Indiramma” and “Oorantha Saubhagyam” are among the names being considered by it. To finalise the programme the TPCC leadership will hold party office bearers meeting at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday. According to TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, during the training programme, the TPCC leadership will explain to the participants how the government’s proposed farmers’ coordination committees will be useful to the TRS in the 2019 elections.
“The ruling party, which has no structure at the grass roots level, has floated the idea of farmers’ committees to transfer the benefits of welfare schemes for farmers to TRS activists in order to make them work actively for the victory of the pink party in the 2019 polls. The Congress workers will be enlightened about the actual motives for the Land Survey and formation of farmers’ committees. After taking part in the training classes, our party workers will, in turn, undertake door-to-door visits in each village to create awareness among farmers about the government’s designs,” Congress leaders said.