Monday, November 5, 2012

Lok Satta calls for modernization of drainage system

The State Government's failure to improve the drainage system has compounded the loss inflicted by cyclone Neelam on standing crops like paddy and cotton in several districts, charged the Lok Satta Party today.

In a media statement, Lok Satta Party General Secretary Katari Srinivasa Rao pointed out that drains have not been de-silted in many districts since 1995.

Mr. Srinivsa Rao said it was unfortunate that the Chief Minister during his latest review of the impact of Neelam confined himself to repairing breaches to the irrigation system and paying compensation to farmers. He wanted the Government to focus immediately on modernization of the drainage system.

The Lok Satta leader wanted the Government to provide dryers for drying rain-immersed paddy and ensure its purchase at the minimum support price.

In the absence of elected local Governments, there is lack of coordination among different agencies in extending relief to cyclone victims, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

The Lok Satta Party has formed two teams to facilitate extension of relief to victims and assess cyclone losses.

The relief team comprises Mr. P. Rambabu of Srikakulam (97108 84656), Mr. Bhisetty Babji of Vizianagaram (98770 17413), Mr. Venugopal of Visakhapatnam (92956 58255) and Mr. Y. D. Rama Rao of East Godavari (98480 80867). Those who would like to provide relief can contact the team members.

The loss assessment team comprises Prof. D. Vishnu Murthy, Mr. Poli Naidu, Mr. Suresh, Mr. Y. D. Rama Rao and Mr. Bhsisetty Babji (Convener). The committee will submit its reports to district collectors as also the party headquarters.

Mr. Srinivsa Rao conveyed Lok Satta Party's condolences to bereaved families.

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