Telangana IT minister says Centre’s attempt to deregulate power, agriculture sectors will be disastrous
Last Update: 23 September 2022, 14:47 IST
Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao has alleged that the Center is trying to privatize the power and agriculture sectors, which will have disastrous effects on farmers and others. Speaking to reporters in Sirisila on Thursday, he said that if the Electricity (Amendment) Bill brought by the central government turns into an Act, free electricity to farmers, members of scheduled castes, persons from scheduled tribes, poultry farmers, washermen Barbers, weavers will lose electricity. , and others will have to say goodbye to electricity subsidies.
Rama Rao reiterated Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s stand against reforms in the agriculture and power sectors, and recalled the resolution passed in the state assembly against the state government’s bill. “Telangana is a state where farmers cultivate land dependent on electricity supply. There are 26 lakh pump sets in the state. What will happen to farmers if free electricity is not given? He asked.
Crops are grown on 1.35 crore acres in Telangana. From 2015 till now 50 lakh acres of additional land was cultivated. He said that this has been possible due to schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima and strengthening of irrigation sector. He accused the Centre, “Crop cultivation in Telangana started the festive spirit, Central government’s decisions are troubling our farmers… But Union Minister Piyush Goyal asked us to practice eating broken rice.” “
The way fuel prices have increased, electricity rates will also increase in future if private companies start distributing electricity. He predicted that grain procurement could be privatized from next season, he said, adding that efforts were being made to benefit private companies.
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