Do not dilute free power scheme, YSRCP warns
The YSR Congress Party today warned the Andhra Pradesh Government of serious consequences if it goes ahead with the proposal to do away with the subsidy on free power to farmers as it was one of the poll promises of YSR in 2004 and in 2009, party MLA Srikanth Reddy said.
Addressing a press conference here, party MLA Srikanth Reddy said 'The State is contemplating to give free power only to farmers who use up to 3 HP. This move is only to black out the free power scheme promised by YSR in the elections'.
The proposal to restrict free power only to farmers using 3 HP and below will hit the farmers hard as they are forced to use more power with the water table depleting.
Nearly 80 per cent of the farmers are using more than 3 HP to draw water and the surcharge on extra consumption will burden them severely, he said.
The YSR-led Congress went to the 2009 polls with the twin promises of 9-hour free power to farmers and 30 kg rice. The State has been diluting both the promises and the latest move will shatter the rural economy as it will affect the already burdened farmers, he said, adding, that YSRCP will take up agitation if the proposal to revise the free power scheme is implemented.
The state government has been peeling away YSR welfare schemes one after the other and has been taxing the people heavily through cut in subsidies, hike in bus charges and power charges. No section of the society is happy with the present government, which is boasting of best governance, he said.