CLP denies TDP's allegations on irrigation projects

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Hyderabad, Oct 15 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) today denied Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu's allegations that the irrigation projects taken up by the State Government lacked quality.

Talking to newspersons at CLP office here, State Roads and Building Minister T Jeevan Reddy, along with State Endowments Minister J Ratnaka Rao and other MLCs, said the State Government had taken up the irrigation projects under Jalayagnam in a transparent manner to provide irrigated water to remote areas with a view to increase agricultural production in the State.

Mr Reddy said Mr Naidu had no right to talk about irrigation projects, as he had totally neglected the agricultural sector during his nine-year rule and publicly said there was no use of agriculture.

He said said the Government under him, had given importance to the agriculture sector and spent huge amounts on irrigation projects in all the three regions of the State for the benefit of the farmers.

He added that the TDP leader was making baseless allegations against the Government as he could not digest the progress of the irrigation projects.

The Government was immediately responding to any lapses reported on the projects and ordering inquiries and fixing the responsible officials.

He said the Government had also constituted an expert committee yesterday to look into the damages caused to the pipelines in the Yellampalli irrigation project he said. The Government would take action against the concerned, as soon as the committee submits its report, he added.

Mr Reddy said the Government had announced the highest Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy at Rs 725 this year. The Government was also trying to influence the Centre to provide MSP to the Paddy on par with Wheat, he added.

The Government's aim was to protect the interests of the farmers and work for their welfare, he informed.

UNI

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