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Jagan to stage dharna on Sept 30 for tobacco farmers


YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been fighting for special status, will take up the cause of tobacco farmers, in between. He is going to stage a dharna in Praksasam district, which witnessed the suicides by half a dozen farmers.

Fist he will console the families of farmers before holding the dharna demanding remunerative prices and government intervention in lifting the tobacco.

‘Our Party President will hold a dharna at the Tanguturu Tobacco Auction Centre against the apathy of the Government is buying the stock from farmers at a reasonable price and the Tobacco Board failing to come to the rescue of the farmers,’ Party MLA Ashok Reddy announced.

The tobacco farmers are the worst hit as the Board has not lifted the stock which it was supposed to complete by July and farmers are in distress as they are not getting the MSP and are resorting to suicide.

‘ Party MP YV Subba Reddy had took the issues of tobacco farmers to the notice of Centre and the Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman after her visit to the state had assured to give a subsidy but nothing happened so far leaving the farmers in the lurch,” he said adding that government did pay heed to the warnings of Jaganmohan Reddy of the impending crisis well in advance. “No preventive measures have been taken. The Leader of Opposition will console the family members of those tobacco farmers who committed suicide before going to the Market Yard to stage dharna,’ he said.

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Nirmala Sitaraman Gheraoed in AP


Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman faced the ire of the tobacco farmers near Kandukuru, Prakasam district.

She visited the district to inquire about the woes of tobacco farmers who suffered at the hands of traders. Two farmers even committed suicides due to non-remunerative prices and indebtedness. Following the alarm raised by the state government on the inability of Guntur based tobacco board in coming to the aide of the farmers, she chose to personally inquire about the plight of the farmers on Friday.
There is a political angle to it. Both state and centre are said to be discouraging the farmers of Prakasam and Nellore districts from growing tobacco because TDP fared poorly in the assembly elections.
This year they imposed restrictions on the quantity of the production. Many complain that the MPs of Ongole and Nellore are not made members of the board, preventing them from raising the farmers issues. Farmers question that while the farmers of East and West Godavari district do not find any problem in auctioning their tobacco, why is it that auctions are problem for Prakasam and Nellore districts alone. Farmers are hit because traders so far lifted only 50 per cent of the tobacco grown in the district. This glut forced five farmers commit suicide in Prakasam in the past two months.

Today she consoled the family members of neelam Venkatrao in Valetivari palem. Venkatrao committed suicide last week. As the minister could not announce anything that would help them, farmers at Kandukur-2 auction platform blocked her way and staged dharna. She said she would make a statement on the situation after meeting the chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in afternoon.

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