(Report as issued by the CMO)
Rayadurgam (Anantapur dist), July 8: Affirming that Andhra Pradesh government wants to maintain cordial relations with neightbouring states, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that they would draw their rightful share of river water in the interest of farmers.
Participating in the Rythu Dinotsavam celebrations, commemorating with the birth anniversary of Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that water issue should not be politicised as farmers of all regions are the same. Of late the water issue has come to the fore and is widely debated in media.
We have no intention of joining issue with any State but want to maintain cordial relations with all the neighbouring States of Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. We will not interfere in their affairs but some ministers and MLAs of Telangana have been talking tall of late.
When the state was united, the allocations of Krishna waters to the three regions of Rayalaseema, Coastal Andhra, and Telangana were cleared earmarked and it was known to all since decades. After the State was bifurcated there was a tri-partite agreement signed by Centre, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on June 19, 2015 with clear earmarking of river water allocations.
Unless the water level at Srisailam rises to full capacity of 885 feet, Pothireddypadu will not get water. During the past 20 years, setting aside the previous two years, water reached that level hardly for 20 to 25 days. When we cannot draw water unless the level reaches 881 feet, in Telangana. Palamuru Ranga Reddy, Dindi, and Kalwakurthi projects are drawing water even when the water level is 800 feet and are even generating hydel power at 796 feet. When Telangana could draw water at 800 feet, what is wrong if Andhra Pradesh also does the same by claiming its rightful share of water through lift.
Training the guns on Chandrababu, the Chief Minister said the TDP leader, who was silent for some time, has started to talk on the issue. What I would like to ask him is as to why he did not open his mouth during his term when the Telangana Government started Palamuru Ranga Reddy, Dindi and other projects.
We will not interfere in the affairs of other states and it would be better if the relations between neighbours are good, he said.
Rythu Dinotsavam celebrated on a grand note
Rythu Dinotsavam was celebrated in the State on a grand note to mark the birth anniversary of Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy with Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy showcasing Rythu Bharosa Kendras ( RBKs) as a module of one stop shop for all farmer nèeds.
Addressing a public meeting here on Thursday, the Chief Minister recollected the revolutionary changes brought in by Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy in the agriculture sector and strongly believed that the State prospers only when the farmer reaps profits. He said that drawing inspiration from his father, the State government had brought in 10,778 Rythu Bharosa Kendralu (RBKs) as a revolutionary step which acts as a one-stop shop to address all the needs of farmers across the state. The RBKs have ushered in a bright change in the lives of the farmers as they assist farmers in every step from purchase of seed to sale of their final produce.
In earlier days, farmers were most affected by production cost, natural calamities and lack of remunerative prices for their produce earlier, but through RBKs all those problems were resolved. Getting rid of the supply of spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, RBKs have been providing government-certified quality seeds, fertilisers and pesticides at farmers’ doorsteps, besides renting out farm equipment at nominal prices.
Furthermore, he stated that RBKs are also serving as crop purchase centres like a marketplace and intervene if farmers don’t get a remunerative price, where the government had Rs 6600 crore, towards the procurement of the crops excluding paddy. He said that RBKs are also facilitating crop loans and insurance registration through e-cropping and have been supporting the farmers at the village level.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that in his two year governance, an unprecedented amount of Rs 17,029 crore was credited to the unencumbered bank accounts of 52.38 lakh farmers under the YSR Rythu Bharosa scheme by providing Rs 13,500 to each farmer. The farmer-friendly government had spent Rs 83,000 crore towards farmer welfare in the last two years and utilised Rs 8670 crore on farmer fraternity.e
The Chief Minister asserted that he kept every promise made to the farmers during his 3648 km padayatra to better their lives. Like never before by any State government, the current government has been compensating for the crop damage at the end of the season and also providing timely insurance for the crop damage.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated an Integrated Agri Lab at Rayadurgam Market Yard and then laid the foundation stone for several development projects worth Rs 1570 crore that benefits farmers. Also, the Chief Minister had inaugurated a newly built Rythu Bharosa Kendram in Udegolam village and planted a sapling on this occasion, visited the stalls and also interacted with the farmers for a while.
Ministers Kursala Kannababu, Malagundla Shankara Narayana, Seediri Appalaraju, Botsa Satyanarayana, Government Whip Kapu Ramachandra Reddy, District Collector Nagalakshmi Selvarajan and others were present.
CM in Pulivendula
Pulivendula, July 8: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on his visit to Kadapa district on Thursday, had laid the foundation stone for Water grid, Sports Complex, Cricket Stadium and for the development works in making Pulivendula as a Model Town.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that the State government is committed to developing Pulivendula as a Model Town and thus initiated various works at a cost of Rs 630 crore. He said that Rs 154 crore was allocated for constructing roads, drainage system and providing drinking water facility in Jagananna mega colonies and further making a four-lane road and setting up a skill development center at a cost of Rs 30 crore.
The Chief Minister said that no one had cared for the development of Pulivendula after the demise of YS Rajashekar Reddy and in the current government, many development works have been initiated. A city central is being set up in Pulivendula at a cost of Rs 76 crore, a ring road with Rs 98 crore and Rs 144 crore is being spent on municipal works including digital library, meditation hall, botanical garden and many more.
The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone to the water grid project that provides drinking water to 109 village panchayats and equip 44,000 houses with tap connections. He inaugurated a 132 KV substation that was setup at a cost of Rs 27 crore. On this occasion the Chief Minister said that the works of the Medical College that are taken up at a cost of Rs 500 crore are moving at a fast pace and will be ready by December 2023. Similarly, he assured that all the canal works and irrigation projects will be ready by 2024. He thanked the people of Pulivendula for extending their support to the government.