Hyderabad: Giving new hope to the peasant community in Telangana, Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced the mother of all sops, aimed at reviving the dwindling fortunes of Telangana farmers.
The farmers, who are in a perpetual need of crop investments, season after season, and are left to the mercy of private money lenders, have finally heaved a sigh of relief when the Chief Minister, addressing the 16th plenary meet of the party, assured farmers that irrespective of the size of their holdings, they would get monetary support of Rs 8,000 per acre, to be remitted to their individual bank accounts in two installments.
Conceived as a special measure to breathe fresh life into the rural economy of the State, the announcement was received with a loud applause by over 10,000 delegates who attended the plenary, while the farmers erupted in celebration all over the State.
The government would remit Rs 4,000 per acre to the account of farmers in the month of May to support them for Kharif crops and an equal amount for the Rabi (Yasangi) in October. The direct transfer of benefit to the farmers is expected to take the farmer back to his farm.
The government was out to disprove the growing impression that agriculture was a loss-making proposition. “The farmer should emerge as the king. “Rythu Raju Kavali,” he reiterated.
The Chief Minister also clarified that the assistance was not meant for purchase of only fertilisers. “My assistance includes every help that is needed for carrying out farm activity in both the seasons,” he said, adding that even the horticulture farmers will get the same quantum of assistance.