Rs.1,997-cr loans for kharif crop: Harish Rao

Minister for Irrigation T. Harish Rao has said the government was all set for the kharif season, for which Rs.1,997 crore worth of loans would be extended to the farming sector. He said the government would extend subsidised equipment worth Rs.1,752 crore to farmers.

Addressing a huge gathering after hoisting the national flag on the occasion of Telangana formation day at Parade Grounds here on Tuesday, Mr. Harish Rao said 2.1 lakh metric tonnes of fertilizers were ready for farming and 81,000 quintals of seed would be supplied on subsidy.

“As many as 18 agricultural markets are already functioning in the district. We are planning to establish 14 new market yards at Nanganoor, Chinnakodur, Papannapet and Kondapaka mandals shortly. Godowns with a total capacity of 1.3 lakh metric tonnes will be constructed in the district,” he said.

Referring to the Telangana movement that resulted in statehood, the Minister said the second phase of agitation gained momentum after the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was formed in 2001. It peaked when party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao commenced his fast-unto-death.

“People sailed with us with a hope that their lives will change for the better, and that they can have their due share of water and employment. That is why people gave power to Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao, to steer the State in the right direction,” he added.

On the Mission Kakatiya programme, Mr. Harish Rao said the restoration of tanks would change the face of villages. In Medak district alone, 9,972 tanks would be restored in a phased manner.

Mr. Harish Rao inaugurated the Telugu Talli statue and paid tributes at Martyrs’ Memorial at the Collectorate. Families of martyrs were also felicitated. He presented awards to students.

Source: The Hindu

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