01 December, 2020

Long, Hard Haul

The suicides won't stop. The state wants Rs 3,190 crore from the Centre. But will the money reach the farmer?

Long, Hard Haul
Rural Andhra Pradesh’s cup of woes brimmeth over. Leave Hyderabad and all you get to hear are tales of despair. The government has changed but the farmer suicides haven’t—179 officially confirmed debt-related deaths since the new government took over. So, the big crisis before chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is to first contain the suicides and then to revive the agricultural sector. The Congress leader has won on a pro-farmer ticket but he will need a huge infusion of finances from lending agencies and the Centre if he has to implement the various rural schemes. More importantly, he will have to set in place a mechanism that ensures that funds reach the right people.

Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh has never been short of largesse. During Chandrababu Naidu’s tenure, he ensured that relief from New Delhi was not wanting. The only problem was that much of it didn’t reach the farmer. Rajasekhara Reddy also has a friendly government at the Centre. Prime minister Manmohan Singh’s first visit after assuming office was to AP, where he announced the release of...



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