The Left parties conducted ‘Karavu Rythu Kavathu’ in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh on Monday, October 29. The march with drought-hit farmers saw a massive turn out. Farmers of AP Rythu Sangham and other organisations joined the march along with CPI, the CPM and Jana Sena.
They took to the streets to expose the problems of farmers due to severe drought conditions. Activists holding red flags marched towards the Collectorate.
CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna, addressing the protesters at a public meeting, remarked that the state government had announced drought mandals across the state.
“But, not even a single programme was initiated to uplift farmers and farm labourers in the state,” Mr Ramakrishna lamented and further added that alarming rise of farmers’ suicides were being reported across the state, mostly in Rayalaseema region.
Recalling the recent statistics, Mr. Ramakrishna claimed that nearly 396 farmers committed suicide in the past four years. He threatened to continue the stir across the state if the government fails to provide minimum welfare measures.
Madhu, CPM state secretary, asserted that the Left parties would storm into government offices at state Capital Amaravati, if the State Government fails to uplift farmers and farm labourers. He blamed government of ignorance, referring to pending dues to be disbursed to farm labourers. In recent years, the farming community of Andhra started migrating to other states.