The CPI (M) Khammam district committee will organise a ‘chalo Hyderabad’ programme on March 16 to mount pressure on the State government allocate Rs 10,000 crore in the ensuing State budget for speedy completion of all the pending irrigation projects in the district. The party had earlier organised a 14-day long “Saagu Neeti Sadhana Maha Padayatra” involving 1000 party cadres in the district in October last year to press the demand.
Talking to mediapersons on Tuesday, CPI (M) district committee secretary P Sudarshan Rao, said the ‘Chalo Hyderabad’ programme had been planned to mount pressure on the government to earmark Rs 10,000 crore in the State budget for completing the irrigation projects including the Rajiv Sagar (Dummugudem) and Indira Sagar (Rudramkota) lift irrigation schemes. The present regime headed by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had finalised the tenders for Polavarm project in the dead of the night in a hasty manner, he alleged lamenting that the government was turning a blind eye towards execution of several long-pending and need-based irrigation projects such as Rajiv Sagar. The unabated suicides by the farmers were a clear pointer to the gravity of the irrigation woes of the peasants, he said stressing the need for expeditious completion of the irrigation projects in the district to find a lasting solution to the multitude of problems confronted by the farmers.
The party would stage a demonstration at the dharna chowk in the State capital on Saturday in pursuit of the demand. CPI (M) State secretary B V Raghavulu, central committee member T Veerabhadram, party floor leader in the Assembly J Ranga Reddy and a host of other senior party leaders besides the participants of the last year’s “Maha Padayatra” would take part in the dharna.
(Source : The Hindu)