A Huge public meeting was held in Khammam to mark the conclusion of the CPI (M)’s two-week long ‘Saagu Neeti Sadhana Rythu Maha Padayatra’ on Saturday. CPI (M) district leadership organised the 14-day Rythu Padayatra covering a distance of over 300 km in the district to espouse the cause of farmers. CPIM P B Member Com. Sitaram Yechury inaugurated the public meeting which was attended by Party central committee member T. Veerabhadram, district secretary P. Sudarshan and others.
If the scams involving loot of crores of rupees of public money was curbed, all the pending irrigation projects in the country could be completed and the surplus river waters tapped at an optimum level to boost agricultural growth, said Comrade Yechuri while inaugurating the rally. “Dearth of funds” has become an oft-repeated phrase for the persons at the helm of affairs right from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy when it comes to completing irrigation projects, he said slamming the Congress governments at the State and the Centre for offering lame excuses in fulfilling the developmental aspirations of the people. On one hand, the government was doling out subsidies worth crores of rupees for big multinationals and on the other was withdrawing subsidies to the poor people.
It is hell bent on imposing burden on common man in the name of fiscal deficit by resorting price hike at regular intervals, he charged. “The CWG, 2G, 3G, CG (Coal Gate) and Jijaji multi-crore scams plundered public wealth and resulted in unbearable burden on common man,” he said accusing both the Congress and the BJP of having resemblance in terms of pursuing detrimental economic policies and corruption practices. The need of the hour was to build public movements to fostering political alternative. Taking a dig at the Congress government in the State, he alleged that it lacked commitment to complete the Dummugudem (Rajiv Sagar) project for which the foundation was laid in 2005.
He lauded the