UNPA to spearhead country-wide stir

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Hyderabad, Nov 29 (UNI) Buoyed by the spontaneous response from farmers to the 'Ryutu Garjana'(Ryots roar) in Vijayawada, the Telugu Desam Party and other United National Progressive Alliance partners will conduct similar meets in various states, culminating in a ''Delhi Chalo'' programme in support of farmers.

Briefing newsmen tonight after a meeting of the TDP politburo chaired by its president N Chandrababu Naidu, its member Y Ramakrishnudu said series of farmers meetings would be held in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Haryana before storming the National capital in protest against 'raw deal''meted out to the farmers by the Manmohan Singh Government.

Their demands, included writing off of farmers loans, fresh loans at one per cent interest rate for small and marginal farmers and three per cent interest rate for big farmers, enhancement of Minimum Support Price for 14 crops, including paddy as per the formula evolved by noted farm scientist M S Swaminathan, he added.

A national-level seminar would be held in New Delhi with participation of noted farm scientists, economists, among others to resolve the agrarian crisis. Dates for the meetings would be finalised by Mr Naidu, UNPA convener in consultation with other UNPA leaders, he added.

The TDP leader accused the Cotton Corporation of India of showing discrimination in market intervention in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, from which Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar hailed by procuring at Rs 1,800 per quintal in Andhra Pradesh and Rs 2,300 per quintal in neighbouring state.

In the state-level, the party would organise agitations in support of farmers crop-wise too, he said adding the TDP expressed concern over skyrocketing of prices of various essential commodities being witnessed in the state.

UNI

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