CM directs GOM to ensure fertilisers for Rabi season

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Hyderabad, Sep 24 (UNI) Even as the Opposition prepared itself to launch a state-wide stir on October four, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today directed a Group of Ministers (GOM), constituted to check shortage of fertilisers during the Kharif season, to take all steps to ensure adequate supply during the Rabi season.

Chairing a Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister asked the GOM to mobilise adequate quantity of fertilisers in advance and ensure distribution of the same to the satisfaction of farmers, Information Minister A Ramanarayana Reddy told newspersons.

He asked them to prevent black marketing by unscruplous traders and smuggling of fertilisers to neighbouring states.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the CPI(M), at a joint meeting, decided to hold joint stirs, along with other parties, to protest against ''fertilisers shortage,'' on October four.

After the meeting, CPI Leader K Narayana told mediapersons that the Centre had allegedly delayed provision of subsidy to the fertiliser companies in view of the increase in subsidy burden to Rs 1,05 lakh crore, leading to shortage.

The CPI had decided to join hands with the Praja Rajyam Party, founded by Actor-turned-Politician Chiranjeevi, to protest the formation of the Special Economic Zones displacing farmers and other sections of people from their ''precious'' land, he added.

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