Communist Party of India (CPI) Telangana State Council has demanded that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recognize all the 434 rural mandals in the State as drought-hit instead of 231 mandals, which were already announced by the government as drought affected rural mandals.
CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy addressed a letter to the Chief Minister today in this regard here on Friday. In his letter, Chada demanded that the State government announce ex gratia of Rs 15,000 per each acre for paddy crop and pay the same on war footing. He also demanded that the government provide NREGS works to the laborers and pay Rs 300 each to them besides providing water and medicine.
The other demands of the CPI are: Supply of drinking water to all villages through tankers; Extend pensions to all the eligible aged people who crossed 60 years; Enhance rice from six kg to 10 kg each through public distribution system; Set up mid-day meal centers in every village; pay Rs 10 lakh exgratia to the people died due to sunstroke; allot Rs 200 crore to each district and take up drought relief works on war footing; Waive off crop loans of farmers and prepare plans to give fresh loans to them immediately. (NSS)