Introduced by former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy, free electricity for farmers has been the one welfare scheme which fathomed huge respect for the then government irrespective of the political parties. The same scheme was implemented by many states which have agriculture as the main sector.
However, with allegations that state governments are scamming under the name of free farmer welfare, the central government from years has been trying to induce electricity meters which was unanimously opposed including Andhra Pradesh back then.
But seems like Jagan is exemption here. According to the accusation levelled by Telangana Minister Harish Rao at a program in Siddipet, Jagan joined sold farmers’ fortune for Rs 40,000 crores.
He stated that the central government made an offer of Rs 3,500 crore with Telangana as well, but their CM KCR has bluntly rejected it prioritising farmers’ welfare. These comments made by the minister in the wake of the rift between the Telugu states’ CMOs heated up debates in the political circles in both the states.
Meanwhile, the AP government seems to be stern over the decision taken while officials were instructed to prepare an action plan for conducting awareness campaigns for farmers about the electricity meter across the state.
It was learnt that the government has set the target of April 2021 to convince all the farmers through various campaigns and meetings with district-level agriculture officials.