Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday said the State government was giving top priority to agriculture and allied sectors, spending over Rs 50,000 crore every year on construction of irrigation projects and implementation of schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rhythu Bima, loan waiver and uninterrupted power supply, among others.
“The aim of the State government is to bring happiness among the farmers and make them lead comfortable lives,” Chandrasekhar Rao said, while conveyed greetings to the people of Telangana on the occasion of Ugadi festival on Tuesday, marking the commencement of Telugu new year of ‘Plava’
He said that as predicted in the Telugu Almanac that there would be more importance to flow of water this new year, water for irrigation would be available in abundance in the State. “It is a good omen that even nature seems to be favouring the government’s vision in this regard,” he said, in his message.
The Chief Minister, describing Ugadi as farmers’ festival marking the commencement of agriculture activities, said the festival welcomes the end of the Fall and the beginning of Spring season. “It ushers in a new enthusiasm,” he said, adding that the season was favourable for growth of new shoots of plants.
“People consuming ‘Ugadi Pachchadi’ is an age-old tradition which has a great message for all. The mixture of fresh neem flowers, raw mango, tamarind, sugarcane and other ingredients in the ‘Pachchadi’ symbolise various tastes from sweet, sour to bitter which is the essence of life comprising divergent experiences of a human life,” he said.
Chandrashekhar Rao said the people of Telangana who tasted bitterness of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, were now enjoying the sweet fruits of self-governance. He reminded that water was harnessed, stored and then pumped to the agriculture fields above the Mean Sea level, through lifts, tunnels, canals and barrages.
He said the ambitious Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme was winning accolades for filling several water bodies to the brim even during the scorching summer and making the dream of one crore acre fertile lands in the State a reality, helping farmers reap bumper yields.
“We will be completing Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme and other ongoing irrigation projects in a few months,” the Chief Minister said. Proving critics wrong, he said Telangana was ranked first in the country in paddy cultivation as also in yield. “Telangana has become a rice bowl of the country,” he said, adding that the State government was purchasing the agriculture produce at Minimum Support Price even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chandrashekhar Rao said schemes like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima had instilled confidence among the farmers and their families in the State, giving them new hope for a brighter future. He said the Telangana government has taken upon itself the responsibility of farmers and was bringing them together through the constitution of Rythu Bandhu Samithis and construction of Rythu Vedikas across the State.