Reviewing the serious crisis in the agriculture sector, particularly in the Rayalaseema region, with senior officials on Sunday , Babu said that continuous power supply would help farmers make use of rain guns to effectively sprinkle water on the wilting crops.“Do not take any chances.We should not allow the crops to go dry even in an acre,“ the CM directed. He said that putting all rain guns to use would surely help revive the crops which are fast drying up due to lack of rains.
Expressing his displeasure over the delay in supply of rain guns to farmers in time, Naidu asked the agriculture, power and revenue departments to work in tandem to bring life back into the crops. “Welfare of farmers is the top priority of the government. Take all steps to tackle dry spells,“ he said and asked the energy department to take steps to ensure free power round-the-clock for agriculture pump sets on a war foot basis.
Soon after receiving the CM’s instructions, energy principal secretary Ajay Jain held a review meeting with senior officials of the department including Transco managing director K Vijayanand, Genco advisor Ranganatham, CMD of SPDCL H Y Dora, CMD of EPDCL M M Nayak and other senior officials.
Although a preliminary roadmap to extend the duration of power supply to the agriculture sector has been readied at the meeting, the senior officials have decided to discuss the issue with the field level officers. Soon, instructions have been issued to all the superintending engineers of Discoms to prepare a detailed report on their requirements to ensure additional power supply immediately .
Besides receiving reports from SEs, the energy department also asked the district collectors to ready a blueprint for providing additional power supply to agriculture sector. “We have asked the district collectors to identify the places (mandals) where crops are going dry and rain guns have been put to use for providing additional power supply .
Once we get reports from the district collectors, we will swing into action,“ Jain told reporters. He said that they would consider giving supply to agriculture pump sets in the daytime without interruption after getting reports on demand. He said that they would take all possible measures to see that no crop is dried up due to shortage of power supply .
Transco JMD (finance) Dinesh Paruchuri and JMD (vigilance) P Umapathi were also present.