The Telangana State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, criticized Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for allegedly misleading people by claiming that the Centre had not extended financial assistance to farmers in the state. Kumar stated that in 2016-17, the Centre had released Rs 916 crore towards financial assistance to Telangana’s farmers, but the government had only spent less than Rs 700 crore. He accused the CM of not sending any reports to the Centre seeking fresh financial assistance to calamity-hit farmers because he feared that the Centre would ask for accounts for previous assistance. Furthermore, Kumar claimed that the government had not fulfilled its promise of supplying free urea to farmers or providing crop loan waivers.
Dubbaka MLA M Raghuandan Rao also criticized the CM, stating that he only took up the welfare of farmers in the election year after eight years. Rao demanded that the Agriculture department release a white paper on district-wise numbers of tenant farmers and disclose the compensation given as promised during the CM’s tour of Jaishankar-Bhupalapalli, Mulugu, and Bhadradri-Kothagudem districts on July 17 last year. He questioned when and how the Agriculture department had surveyed and assessed crop damage in 2.20 lakh acres.
Kumar took a dig at KCR’s claim of the Centre failing to give any financial assistance on account of crop damage, stating that the Centre had released Rs 3,000 crore to SDRF in 2014. He also revealed that in financial years 2021-22, the Centre had allocated Rs 359.20 crore as its share of 75%, and the State had not released its share of Rs 120 crore. The State government had divided the Centrally allocated funds and paid compensation by dividing them into two equal trenches of Rs 179.60 crore. During the current financial year, the Centre has allocated Rs 377.60 crore, and the State government has not released its share of Rs 120.60 crore but claimed to have spent Rs 188.8 crore released by the Centre and did not spend a single rupee from its share of contribution to SDRF.
In conclusion, Kumar dared the CM to release a white paper on how many times it has sent reports of crop damage to the Centre, how much money was spent, and the utilisation certificates submitted.