The prevailing drought condition has forced as many as 65 farmers to commit suicide in the last few days in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party has said.
Former Union Ministers-K Yerran Naidu, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and TDP spokesman Kodela Siva Prasada Rao told reporters in Hyderabad on Saturday that the state government failed to come out with a proper crisis management plan to tackle the current situation, forcing the farmers to end their lives abruptly.
This has pushed farmers into deep trouble, what with the monsoon also failing them. The Rajasekhara Reddy government grossly failed in rescuing the farmers, the TDP leaders said.
They found fault with the government for not officially notifying the drought-hit mandals and implementing a contingency plan of action. They demanded that the government initiate steps on a war-footing to mitigate the ongoing crisis in the agriculture sector. The TDP leaders also wanted the government to come out with short, medium and long-term policies to tackle adverse seasonal conditions.
Meanwhile, TDP MLAs and MLCs have started a tour of AP districts to assess the impact of drought on agriculture this season. The legislators will submit a report to the party president N Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Monday and also raise the issue in the ongoing Budget session of the legislature.
The report will also be forwarded to the state and the Central governments, according to the party.