YSR Congress supremo and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is scheduled to address his first meeting as chief minister at Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district on July 8, marking the birth anniversary of his father and former chief minister late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. The new government is celebrating the day as Farmers’ Day and celebrations would be organised across the State by the government. The government is also scheduled to start implementing several welfare initiatives for the farmers from July 8.
The farmers in the State are in distress with the delayed monsoon and unavailability of seeds. The farmers of the delta area have not started the paddy seedbeds yet as there are no rains. Those who have started the seedbeds under the irrigation catchment areas are now struggling hard to find water. In the dry areas of Rayalaseema and Prakasam district, the farmers are struggling for the seeds, to begin the season. The groundnut seeds are not available. This government, which had come to power 30 days ago has nothing much to address the issue. But, when it tried to find out the reason for shortage of seeds, the AP Seeds Corporation says that the previous government had not released funds for the seeds procurement.
The previous government had diverted funds from every department to fulfil the last minute election promises like Pasupu-Kumkuma and Annadata Sukhibhava. The diversion of funds for these two programmes had hit every department hardly and thus the agriculture department lost the chance to be prepared for the kariff season this time.
In this backdrop, the chief minister is set to make his first public appearance at Jammalamadugu and address a public meeting. As this being the first public meeting of the chief minister, the officials and the party leaders are working hard to make it an impressive one. Jaganmohan Reddy is set to address the farmers and the people from this dais as people are looking forward to him to open up on his governance for the next five years.