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  • Centre announces Rs 400 crore for rain-hit AP farmers

    Published on December 22, 2010

    The Centre has announced a relief of Rs 400 crore to provide succour to rain-hit farmers in Andhra Pradesh, a move aimed at countering the political fall-out of the fast undertaken by TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy who resigned from Congress.

    A delegation comprising MPs from the state met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday and apprised him of the losses incurred by farmers in various regions hit by cyclone and rains recently.

    The delegation apprised him that the “unprecedented” rains had resulted in extensive damage to cotton crops and tobacco as also paddy.

    “The Prime Minister announced an advance of Rs 400 crore to be paid to the state government for immediate relief and assured the delegation that expeditious action would be taken on the reports of the central team and based on their assessement additional relief could be provided,” a PMO spokesman said.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had also met the Prime Minister a few days ago and drew his attention to the plight of the farmers of the state.


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