Telangana Government Seeks Centers Help
Telangana State has reported over 350 farmer suicide deaths this kharif season. The impact of the drought and agriculture distress that is taking lives is also being felt on future generations.
Telangana government admits that agriculture distress is pushing even children enrolled in schools to work as labour, especially at peak season. “We have ordered a survey and are getting reports from the collectors on the impact drought is having on farmers and their families,” agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas.
The Telangana legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution seeking Centre’s intervention in ensuring supply of 54 per cent of the Telangana state’s rightful share in power generation of the undivided Andhra Pradesh as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act.
A day-long debate on power crisis against the backdrop of increase in suicides by farmers using agriculture pumpsets rocked the Assembly.
While Telangana government argued that the supply-demand gap had widened with the TDP government in Andhra Pradesh denying supply of Telangana’s rightful share, the Opposition Congress as well as the TDP tried to turn the tables on the government alleging inefficient handling of the situation.
In the end, the opposition parties also joined Telangana government in requesting the Centre to intervene in the matter and ensure the allocated share of power to Telangana.