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Release input subsidy for Telangana farmers, demands Congress

Hyderabad: Telangana Congress today demanded that the TRS Government release input subsidy for farmers without delay.

In an open letter to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, State Congress President N Uttam Kumar Reddy said Rao himself had assured on December 21 in the Legislative Assembly that the input subsidy of Rs 711 crore, given by the Central Government, would be released “in a day or two”.

Alleging that the assurance was yet to be honoured, he asked the TRS Government to release the input subsidy immediately.

“The State Government is yet to release Rs 711 crore of input subsidy given by the Central Government to compensate for the damage suffered by farmers due to natural calamities in 2015. This release is far below the request made by the Government of Telangana, Reddy said.

“We feel Government of Telangana has not done a complete assessment. Thus, this input subsidy is most probably well below 70 per cent of the damage suffered by the farmers, in the related period.”

Subsequently, Telangana farmers have suffered other damage due to unnatural rains, bad quality seeds and demonetisation, he said.