Nizamabad: Telangana Rashtriya Samati MLC and ex-Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha on Wednesday attacked sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Arvind Dharmapuri on Wednesday over his promises made on bringing the turmeric board to the district. Kavitha remarked that Arvind had failed to persuade the Union government to establish a turmeric board in the district.
Holding the RTI, Kavitha asked the BJP and Nizamabad MP the reason for depriving the farmers and people of Nizamabad of their dues. She further accused, the MP of making tall claims of Rs 100 crore allocation, while every farmer made only Rs 200 of the turmeric board under his regime.
Kavitha, the first women MP from Telangana, in 2014 took up the fight of turmeric farmers of Nizamabad to Delhi and fought to secure the long due Turmeric Board for ensuring justice is served to the effort and hard work of every turmeric farmer. Today, while addressing the media, Kavitha reminded MP Arvind Dharmapuri and the BJP of their unfulfilled promises to the people of Nizamabad in order to just win an election and lose the faith of people while fiddling with their hopes and needs.
Kavitha sought justice and transparency for the turmeric farmers of Nizamabad, Telangana, and asked the BJP to be accountable for their actions that the people of Nizamabad would seek an explanation for.
Kavitha stated that she didn’t speak on the subject for the last three years because she wanted to respect the mandate delivered by the people of Nizamabad and give the current MP “time” to do something regarding his promises to the farmers of the district. She also cited an RTI reply on the budget allocated with respect to turmeric-producing farmers.
“Mr Arvind, in the last three years could only get our farmers an allocation of Rs 1.92 crore for close to 1 lakh turmeric producing farmers. If you divide it between all of them, it boils down to less than Rs 200. All he did was deceive farmers by distributing a bond paper,” she remarked, while addressing a press conference.
For the year 2020-21, a sum of Rs 1,18,71,000 was allocated out of which Rs 75 lakhs was assistance towards boilers and Rs 43.71 lakhs is for the assistance towards turmeric polishers, said the RTI reply that Kavitha shared.
Similarly, for 2021-22, a total of Rs 74.81 lakhs was allocated, and Rs 39.73 lakhs went towards assistance for boilers, Rs 6.58 lakhs for turmeric polishers, and Rs 15 lakhs as assistance towards Silpaulin sheets, Rs 10 lakhs towards assistance for Spices Producers group in the identified cluster and Rs 3.50 lakhs for setting up basic quality testing equipment, the RTI reply stated.
Arvind had promised the farming community in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections that if elected as MP, he would get the turmeric board sanctioned to the district and that he would get proper minimum support prices fixed for both turmeric and red jowar.
“If he failed to keep both commitments, he had said that he would resign as a member of Parliament and join the farmers’ and people’s movement,” Kavitha said.
In March 2019, Arvind made a vow in writing and even signed it on a non-judicial (bond) stamp paper, that he would get a turmeric board. In the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency, his team printed copies of the promise and distributed them in turmeric-growing areas.
The regional centre of the spices board was set up by the union government on February 14, 2020, but this did not satisfy the farming community, who had stated that nothing less than a full-fledged board is acceptable to them and the rallying cry for it continued. Kavitha said that the office of the regional spice board office has nothing but a few Nilkamal chairs and two people managing it. According to the RTI reply, the office conducted eight meetings in the period of 2020-21 via video conferences.
“Time has come now for Mr. Arvind to deliver on his bond paper promise. He should go around on his knees in Delhi around the offices of his masters if he really has the interest to serve the people of Telangana,” Kavitha remarked.
Paddy and the Congress
During paddy crop issue, we urged him (Rahul Gandhi) to raise the issue in Parliament and to support farmers of Telangana but he didn’t. But now he is planning something in Warangal, coming here to do politics only. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi never talked in the favour of Telangana. Don’t know why he is coming to Warangal & Osmania University now said Mlc Kavitha
In her address to the media, in response to a question on the visit of Wayanad Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi and BJP President J P Nadda to Telangana, daughter of Telangana CM responded saying that they are political tourists.
Former Member of Parliament Kavitha added that in the run of to elections more and more political tourists will visit Telangana because of elections but the TRS Party is here to stay to work for the future generations. She further added that other political parties try to divide people of Telangana in the name of religion, occupation and other ways, TRS Party works to bridge that gap.