UNPA will organise farmers' meetings in all states: Naidu

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Hyderabad, Nov 26 (UNI) United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) Convener and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu today said the UNPA would organise farmers' meetings in all states in the country.

Addressing the press here, Mr Naidu said initially, the meetings would be organised in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

''We took the farmers' issues as the main agenda and wanted to launch a national movement to extricate them from their plight. The problems of the farming community had become a 'national problem','' Mr Naidu said.

Demanding that the Centre waive all the loans taken by the farmers in the country, he said it should provide institutional credit at an interest rate of three per cent to the peasants.

The UNPA would also organise a national seminar on 'Agriculture and farmers' issues' in New Delhi next month.

The problems of farmers and weavers would be given priority in the next general elections, Mr Naidu added.

Alleging that the Centre had failed to provide Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy at Rs 1,000 per quintal and was not implementing the M S Swaminathan Committee recommendations, the TDP leader said, ''the UNPA wanted to work with like-minded political parties on farmers' issues.'' To a query, he said the TDP was ready to be part of an all-party delegation to apprise the Centre of the 'MSP issue'.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had already announced that the government would lead an all-party delegation to the Centre on the issue of MSP for paddy and 13 other agricultural produce.


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