Government Should Buy Paddy Directly From Farmers

Loksatta Rayadurgam convener and Independent Farmers union president Mr.Babu in a press release demanded the state government to buy the paddy crop directly from the farmers through Public Distribution System starting from this kharif season . He said the government should pay an extra Rs 220/- over the minimum price and buy the paddy at Rs 1500 per quintal. He demanded that the state government should set up shops at various centers to make it comfortable for farmers to sell the crop. He also requested the government to disburse loans on paddy crops to farmers and infuse confidence in the farmers.

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Signature Campaign to shutdown liquor shops in Rayadurgam

Loksatta Rayadurgam under the leadership of Mr.Babu held a signature campaign to shutdown the three liquor shops close to the vegetable market. Mr.Babu said, having three liquor stores in the close vicinity of the market is causing huge problems to women who frequent the market. He demanded the liquor shops be immediately closed and the lease of the rooms allocated for them in the municipal complex be canceled. He said this agitation will not stop until the government takes firm action in this issue. Loksatta collected around 1000 signatures during this campaign. Mr.Babu will submit an application along with the collected signatures to the Ananthapur Collector.

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Empower local government bodies and panchayats to improve economic status of villages

Loksatta Rayadurgam convener Mr.Babu in a statement demanded that decentralization of power to local bodies is essential for economic progress of rural areas. He said, amendment of the law on decentralization of power to local bodies has been lingering in the parliament since 2003 and no action has been taken. He said local bodies, mandal parishads, panchayats have to be adequately empowered so as to enable the basic necessities like food, and education, employment etc reach the deserving people.

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HNSS scheme will eradicate drought in the district

Loksatta Rayadurgam convener Mr.Babu along with District Congress President Patil Venugopal Reddy and other leaders met district collector Durgadas and the Drought committee members and submitted an application. They said that Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanti Scheme should be implemented and drinking water should be made available to the people by building canals across from Tungabhadra River. Also various issues concerning the farmers suffering from drought this year have been put forward by many leaders and demanded effective steps to save farmers from impending drought.

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Paada Yatra to demand lifting of export sanctions on paddy

Loksatta party president Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan will set out on a paada yatra from Enniganooru in Kurnool district through Mantralayam on Feburary 18th demanding removal of ban on paddy exports. In an open letter addressing  the Chief  Minister Loksatta and FIFA demanded the govt to lift the ban by 17th February or face dire consequences Loksatta team in Rayadurgam along with Federation of Independent farmers’ associations are working on making this campaign a success. LSP Rayadurgam leader and FIFA convener Mr. Babu in a statement called on all the people and farmers to actively participate in the Paada Yatra and make it a success. During the Pada Yatra the paddy will be taken across the state border near Mantralayam and sold there in protest against the ban on exports.

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January 2012 Events and Reports

Year 2012 has been a great start for Loksatta Rayadurgam with successful campaigns at the grass roots level winning many hearts in the process

Key Events and Activities in January 2012

  • Victory of LSP Rayadurgam in government hospital campaign
  • Raithu Chaitanya Yatra in Kanekal mandal
  • Inspiring 63rd Republic Day celebrations by LSP Rayadurgam
  • Strongly condemning destruction of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue in Amalapuram
  • Lok Satta will contest the by-elections in Rayadurgam
  • Peaceful campaign for Lokpal and Lokayuktha bills
  • Celebrations of Swamy Vivekananda’s birthday (National Youth Day)

Victory of Loksatta in government hospital campaign

Lok Satta Rayadurgam attained a great victory in their campaign to appoint new doctors, proper infrastructure in the government hospital. MLC doctor Geyanand in a press statement said that all efforts will be made to appoint new doctors and provide basic infrastructure in the hospital as soon as possible. The issue has been taken to the view of Vaidhya Vidhana Parishad (VVP) co-ordinator Ranta Kishore and he promised that immediate action will be taken in this issue.

Congratulations to Babu garu,, LSP Rayadurgam team and the people of Rayadurgam/Anantapur! This was the result of a relentless struggle over the last several months. Please see reports of the fasts, dharnas, petitions led by Babu garu in the reports from last several months here: [Dec 2011][Nov 2011][Sep 2011]

 

Raithu Chaitanya Yatra in Kanekal mandal

LSP Rayadurgam under the leadership of Mr.Babu held “Praja Chaitanya Yatra” in Kanekal Mandal as a part of a campaign taking up farmer’s issues. During the campaign the team travelled all over Kanekal including villages like Erragunta, Kothapalli, Malyam, Pulacherla and many other villages and talked to various farmers, educating them on their rights and profitable farming techniques. Mr.Babu demanded that government should remove the ban on exports and allow farmers to sell their crop anywhere they wish. He demanded that government should buy the food grains or have the millers buy the grains at least minimum guarantee price. Mr.Babu called on the farmers to come out for bigger protests if the government doesn’t heed to the demands of the farmers. The campaign has been a huge success with many farmers coming out to support Loksatta party in the protests.

                                   

Loksatta demands setting up of farmers’ emergency fund

Loksatta Rayadurgam leader Mr.Babu demanded that the state government should set up emergency funds to support farmers in times of natural calamities like famines and droughts. He criticized the government for lackadaisical approach in submitting the reports of the situation in state to the center. The people in Ananthapur and other districts are already suffering due to recent famine and government has done nothing yet to placate the suffering farmers. He said there is a drought situation in as many as 876 mandals in state this kharif season and yet the state govt is still to act on it.

Loksatta Rayadurgam celebrates 63rd Republic Day

Loksatta Rayadurgam under the leadership of Mr.Babu celebrated the 63rd Republic Day in Rayadurgam. On this occasion Loksatta held a discussion with students on the role of Youth and students in the national politics and the future of the country. Loksatta party state co-ordinator Omkar was the chief guest to the event. Speaking on the occasion Omkar reiterated the importance of youth coming into politics to bring about a positive change in politics and thereby in the country.

 

Loksatta Rayadurgam condems destroying Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue in Amalapuram

Loksatta Rayadurgam leader Mr.Babu condemned the destruction of Dr.B.R. Ambedkar’s statue in Amalapuram. He demanded that the culprits be booked immediately irrespective of who it is.

Loksatta Rayadurgam will contest the By Elections

Loksatta District coordinator Pannurappa in a press conference said that Loksatta will be contesting the coming by elections with complete force. He criticized the current government the way they handled the drought situation in the district. He said the local ministers have converted the farmers in vote banks and making a mockery of their lives. Loksatta will contest in all positions to bring about a positive change in the district.

Loksatta Rayadurgam celebrates Swamy Vivekananda’s birthday (National Youth Day)

Loksatta Rayadurgam celebrated Swamy Vivekananda’s birthday (National Youth Day) on Jan 12th. LSP leader talking on the occasion called on the youth to take active participation in the politics. He said Youth has the power to change the country and alleviate factors like poverty, corruption and contribute to the all-round development of the country. Loksatta leaders Riaz, Rammohan, Tippe swamy, Aruna and others paid tributes to Swamy Vivekananda and remembered the great work of Vivekananda.



Peaceful campaign for Lokpal and Lokayuktha bills

Loksatta Convener Mr.Babu expressed his disappointment over Lokpal bill not getting passed in the parliament. He reiterated that a strong Lokpal at centre and lokayukthas’ and Ombudsman at state and district level are extremely important in curbing corruption in the country. He asked all leaders to come up apolitically and help implement a strong anti-corruption system in the country. He maintained that Loksatta will continue their peaceful campaign to obtain a strong anti-corruption system.

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December 2011 Events and Reports

Key Events and activities in December

  • Praja Chaitanya Yatra in Bommanahal Mandal
  • LSP leader Mr.Babu submits an application to Mahatma Gandhi statue protesting govt negligence on government hospital issues
  • Signature campaign to garner support for solving the issues in local government hospital
  • Embezzlement of NREGA funds in the district
  • Loksatta submits an application to the District Collector to take up government hospital issues
  • Loksatta demands cancelation of beverage supply tenders
  • Loksatta Rayadurgam succeed in the fight against Liquor syndicates

Praja Chaitanya Yatra in Bommanahal Mandal

Loksatta under the leadership of Mr.Babu held “Praja Chaitanya Yatra” in Bommanahal Mandal as a part of a campaign taking up farmer’s issues. During the campaign the team travelled all over Bommanahal including villages like uddehal , krishnapuram, sreedharagatta, devagiri, bommanhal, untakal, uppral gate villages and talked to various farmers, educating them on their rights and profitable farming techniques. Mr.Babu demanded that government should remove the ban on exports and allow farmers to sell their crop anywhere they wish. He demanded that government should buy the food grains or have the millers buy the grains at least minimum guarantee price and provide basic support to the farmers in distress.

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LSP leader Mr.Babu submits an application to Mahatma Gandhi statue protesting govt negligence on government hospital issues

LSP leader Mr.Babu expressed his disappointment by submitting an application to Mahatma Gandhi statue asking him to bring some sanity into the minds of government officials. He reiterated that even after 3 days of fasting and protests the govt didn’t come forward to solve the issues of the local govt hospital. He said the protests will go on till the govt responds to the issues. Other LSP leaders Abdullah, Riaz, Lokesh, Dadavali and others participated in the protest.

                          

Signature campaign to garner support for solving the issues in local government hospital

Loksatta Rayadurgam held a signature campaign to garner support to pressurize the govt to solve the issues in the government hospital. They toured the whole town going from house to house taking the signatures and garnering the support for the cause. There was a very good response for the campaign and Mr.Babu said they would keep up the pressure until government heeds to their demands.

 

Embezzlement of NREGA funds in the district

Loksatta Rayadurgam leader Mr.Babu in a press statement said that govt officials have been embezzling the NREGA funds which are intended to be used for poor farmers and daily wage laborers. He gave the example of Rs. 1.1 lakh fraud unearthed in the Gurudachedu and Gummagutta mandals. He said the fraud has been happening in many mandals. He demanded the govt should take immediate steps in curbing this corruption and make sure the funds reach their intended recipient.

Loksatta submits an application to the District Collector to take up government hospital issues

Loksatta incharge Mr.Babu submitted an application to District Collector Mr.Durgadas explaining all the issues in the government hospital. He along with some CPI leaders submitted more than 5000 signatures they collected from the people and asked him to take immediate steps to solve the issues He said with over 70,000 population people have been suffering a lot with shortage of doctors and infrastructure in the hopital. Collector Durgadas promised that he would look into the issue and take immediate measures.

                                            

Loksatta demands cancelation of beverage supply tenders

Loksatta leader Mr.Babu submitted an application to the special officer Eswaraiah during the Grievance day held at revenue office in the town. He reiterated that the alcohol suppliers have formed a syndicate and are selling alcohol at much higher prices than the MRP. He also demanded that steps have to be taken to promote anti-drinking campaign in the region educating people of the ill effects of alcoholism. He demanded that the reports submitted by ACB on alcohol supply syndicates must be made public and the properties of perpetrators be seized. He demanded that CM should take a firm stand on this issue and take immediate steps to curb this issue. He along with other women leaders Padma, Peddaka, Sathyamma and many other held a dharna outside the exchange station demanding the government to take firm stand on this issue.

Loksatta Rayadurgam succeed in the fight against Liquor syndicates

Loksatta Rayadurgam gained a significant victory in the fight against liquor syndicates. Vowing to the pressure and campaign by Loksatta Rayadurgam lead by Mr.Babu, The excise station superintendent Satyaprasad in a press statement said that based on the joint committee reports, a decision has been taken that alcohol will be sold at MRP prices moving forward and strict action will be taken against the perpetrators.

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