Hyderabad, 23 September: IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday slammed the BJP-led central government for trying to privatize both the agriculture and power sectors, which he said would have seriously debilitating and far-reaching effects on farmers in the country. “The Center is conspiring to hand over both the agriculture and power sectors to corporate companies. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had warned about such a move on several occasions in the past, and his words are now proving to be true,” The minister said. Speaking to reporters in Sircilla on Thursday, Rama Rao said that the central government, which was bent on selling all public sector undertakings, had also decided to privatize the process of crop procurement. The entry of private companies will drastically reduce the income of the farmers.As per the Food Security Act, it was the responsibility of the central government to procure every single grain produced by the farmers.
However, the Center was eschewing its responsibility and was now determined to privatize the power sector as well, he said, pointing to the chief minister’s firm stand against such reforms in the agriculture and power sectors, and the state government’s resolve. Recalling the assembly against the electricity bill, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought an anti-farmer law without knowing the ground reality, which led to the death of 700 farmers, the minister said that the central government with its ‘inefficient and blunt’ decisions has been given to agriculture and power. Trying to weaken the areas. India was already worse than Nigeria in terms of poverty ratio, due to the incompetence of the Center under the Modi regime. He said that India is also behind Bangladesh and Pakistan in the hunger index. Stating that the agriculture sector is going into trouble due to the policies of the Centre, Rama Rao said that farmers are going to become laborers on their land. To hand over the power sector to his corporate friends, Modi had decided to privatize power utilities in the name of reforms without consulting the public or even Parliament.
“In order to undermine the power generation units and help the coal business being carried on by their corporate friends, the Prime Minister is forcing the states to buy coal from Australia by spending Rs 35,000 per tonne instead of domestic coal from the Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. 3,000 per ton. He also lobbied for his friend in countries like Sri Lanka. Rama Rao said power reforms would have a serious adverse impact on Telangana. Besides free electricity to the agriculture sector, SC, The subsidies being provided to ST, washermen, weavers and new Brahmin (saloon) communities and some industries will have to be canceled if the new electricity bill is approved in the Parliament. He said that the central government will also have to sanction loans to the power units of Telangana, he said. Conspiracy to weaken them by creating obstacles.
“Why is the Center issuing gazetteers through the back door and the state is trying to privatize power generating units,” he asked. Cautioning that people will have to pay upfront if prepaid meters are installed under the new electricity bill, he said if private companies take over the power sector, electricity prices will increase regularly like fuel. amendment will be made. Asking people to understand the Centre’s conspiracy, the minister wanted all political parties to register their protest by setting aside differences for the interest of the state.
Minister KTR condemns Centre’s conspiracy to privatize agriculture, power sectors
Story first published: Friday, September 23, 2022, 17:29 [IST]