The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday, December 7, asked the Centre to immediately provide financial assistance of Rs 1,401 crore as part of drought mitigation measure in the state.
A team from New Delhi visited Andhra Pradesh to study the situation on the ground. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that 13.6 lakh acres of crops were damaged during the Kharif season and a 55 percent rainfall deficiency was observed in the Rabi season.
A press release from the Chief Minister’s office also said that the 10-member Central team was also informed that over 16.52 lakh small and marginal farmers were badly affected by the drought.
“Andhra Pradesh needs to be treated as special state because, on the one hand, it faces drought and, on the other, cyclones. No other state in the country is as affected by the vagaries of nature as AP,” Naidu said.
Earlier this week, actor politician and Jana Sena Party Chief Pawan Kalyan led a protest at Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh aginst the drought situation in the state.
“For generations together, the rulers have neglected the Rayalaseema region, forcing thousands to migrate to other states in search of livelihood. I appeal to the people not to bear the injustices anymore,” Kalyan said in a statement.
The Rayalaseema region comprises four districts ? Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor. The region has several drought-prone areas and witnesses farmer suicides and mass migrations annually.
“Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu dubs himself as a savior but he must stand by his word given to farmers,” Pawan said, criticising the TDP government’s policies towards the agricultural sector.
The team is expected to submit its report on the situation to the central government within a week.