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5 lakh for ice-cream, not even 10k for chillies?

Telangana Rashtra Samithi minister for information technology K T Rama Rao had shot into news for selling a cup of ice-cream for Rs 5 lakh rupees as part of Gulabi Coolie programme to raise funds for the TRS plenary last month.

But within the next one week, chilli farmers of Khammam were arrested and thrown behind the bars for staging a protest demanding remunerative price for their produce in the market.

This paradox was questioned by Telugu Desam Party leader in Telangana assembly A Revanth Reddy on Saturday.

Coming down heavily on the TRS government for its callous attitude towards the plight of chilli farmers, Revanth asked, “if KTR could sell ice cream for Rs 5 lakh rupees, why can’t he sell quintal of chilli for Rs 10,000?.”

He wondered if the government was not able give fair price for two lakh acres of crop, how it would ensure remunerative price for farmers in one crore acres. He accused the TRS government of giving subsidy to films and not farmers.

The TDP organized protest condemning the manner in which farmers were arrested and handcuffed on April 30 when they protested against the falling Mirchi prices.

He said farmers tried to protest as the traders were trying to cheat them. He criticised local minister Tummala Nageshwar Rao’s attitude towards farmers and his tall claims that the KCR government was doing more than expected for agriculture by giving current, developing fields and laying roads.



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