In a peaceful yet impactful protest, the farmers of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh send cheques of 68 paise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of his 67th birthday on September 17.
Rayalaseema Saguneeti Sadhana Samithi (RSSS), which organised a protest, collected thousands of cheques to be presented to the Prime Minister. It was done in order to attract Centre’s attention towards the condition of farmers in the district and acros the country.
With this move, the RSSS has demanded the Modi government to develop irrigation infrastructure.
While speaking to reporters, RSSS president Bojja Dasarah Reddy said that contrary to its image of a water-starved region, major rivers such as Krishna and Penna as well as their tributaries Tungabhadra, Vedavati, Handri and Chitravathi, Kundu, Bahuda carry well over 1,000 tmc ft of water each year to the region.
Despite their numerous pleas, the government has failed to address the issue of disproportionate water allocation, Reddy added.