Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the present lockdown for another two weeks in order to fully overcome the present crisis.
The Chief Minister made this suggestion during a 4-hour long video conference held with Prime Minister today on situation emerged out of lockdown in the country. He said lockdown has helped in containing the spread of Corona to a great level. It is better to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. There is no other better solution than this, he said.
However, the CM suggested that agriculture sector can be taken care during the lockdown. We should ensure the farmers should not be put to losses. To prevent crowding of farmers at one place in the Telangana State, 6, 849 procurement centres were created at the village level and the food grains are procured from there. Only for the procurement of Paddy, the government gave Rs 25,000 Crore-Bank guarantee. We are procuring Paddy in the villages and depositing money in the accounts of the farmers directly. The Paddy thus procured is made into the rice and supplied to the FCI. To get money from the FCI it will take four to five months. Till such time, the Centre should take measures so that Banks would not put any pressure for the payment of dues, he asked.
He also urged to take measures to run Rice Mills, Oil Mills, and other agriculture-based industries besides linking agriculture with the MNREGA. This scheme should continue for at least two months. Bring a policy by which farmers would pay half the wages for labourers and the other half would be from the MNAREGA funds. With this, we will be able to support farmers at difficult times.
Following are the other demands he raised during the video conference:
- Increase FBRM from 3 per cent to 5 per cent.
- The Centre should take initiative to postpone for six months, the monthly interest paid by the States on debts from the Centre.
- Create a task force under the Chairmanship of the PM. In the backdrop of Lockdown, prepare an action plan on how to help farmers, the policy to be implemented on the economic situation
Along with the CM, Medical and Health Minister Etela Rajender, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy, Principal secretary Ramakrishna Rao and others were present.