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CPI flays Govt over chilli procurement

Expressing concern over farmers lives of failing to get minimum support price, CPI secretary and former MLA Chada Venkat Reddy today said that their rank and file will hold dharnas at all marketyards across the state on April 6. In a press release here he said that Mirchi farmers are caught between deep sea and devil. The CPI leader found fault that the state government disowning its responsibility by just writing off a letter to the Centre to offer financial assistance for procuring red gram and chilli, while marketyards are closing down due to holiday announced. Demanding the state government to mount pressure on the centre to resolve the fifth day of lorries strike for its adverse impact on essential commodities he sought alternative measures to procure chilli from the farmers. Venkat Reddy condemned the attitude of the state government for not bothering to procure red gram and chilli and others though it suggested for the same crops. He demanded that the state government open all marketyards and procure the produce with msp and take up the issue with the Centre. In protest against the government the CPI will hold protests at all marketyards onApril 6 he said.

Release Rs 500 cr for summer

Chada Venkat Reddy also demanded that the government release Rs 500 cr on a war-footing to overcome water fodder shortage and take up drought relief measures across the state. The government is due to pay Rs 15 cr arrears to the contractors supplied waters in some districts he said. He said that the CPI will taken up protest programs on these issues across the state from April 6 to 15. (NSS)