Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao said Telangana farmers will regain the past glory only if K. Chandrasekhar Rao continues to be the Chief Minister for another 20 years.

“Ours is a government committed to welfare of the farmers. We have introduced Rythu Bandhu, and are extending it to Rs. 8,000 per acre. Rythu Beema will come into force from August 15 and the government has paid a premium of Rs. 1,000 crore and the family of the deceased farmer can get Rs. 5 lakh insurance within 15 days if any unfortunate incident happens. Kaleswaram water will irrigate about 65,000 acres in the district,” said Mr. Rao while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a godown at Chandlapur in Hatnoora mandal on Thursday.

‘Congress deterrent’

Stating that Rythu Bandhu scheme will continue as long as the TRS is in power, he warned that the Congress may discontinue it and the same might be the case of 24-hour free power to the farm sector.

He said that it was only in Telangana where farmer welfare measures were in place.

Farmers protest

Tamil Nadu farmers held a protest in Delhi followed by Maharashtra farmers holding a padayatra, while there were incidents of police firing at protesting farmers in Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Rao also promised to sanction a sub-market yard with all facilities, an anganwadi with Rs. 5 lakh and a school with Rs. 25 lakh for Chandlapur village.

“This area was neglected during the previous government though Sunitha Lakshma Reddy was a minister. Funds were not sanctioned for Reddykhanapur as it had supported the Telangana movement. Now we are paying with interest for development,” he said after inaugurating Mission Bhagiratha overhead tank, panchayat building and laying foundation stone for a CC road.

Bus depot

Later in the day, Mr. Rao laid the foundation stone for construction of a bus depot at Narsapur in Medak district.

Transport Minister Mahender Reddy, Deputy Speaker M. Padma Devender Reddy, Lok Sabha member K. Prabhakar Reddy, MLA Ch. Madan were present.

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