To register their dissent in a noticeable manner, farmers of Kurnool district in Rayalaseema region sent 68 paise cheques to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as gift on his 68th birthday.
Rayalaseema Sagu Neeti Sadhana Samithi, which organised the protest, collected hundreds of cheques to highlight the agrarian crisis faced by four districts under the Rayalaseema region.
With this protest, the people demanded Centre to develop irrigation infrastructure and chalk out a plan for the development of the region.
The Samithi, in a statement, said, “Despite abundant resources, the region faces drought and has remained backward due to the negligence of the various government.”
He said that to develop the backward region, a special development package was announced on lines of the Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahand special plan in Odisha and the Bundelkhand special package in Madhya Pradesh in the AP State Bifurcation Act.
He said the bifurcation Act also envisaged completing ongoing projects like Handri-Neeva, Galeru-Nagari, the steel plant at Kadapa, railway zone at Guntakal, a number of educational institutes including an agricultural University and health institutes.
Despite the bifurcation Act assuring increased water and funds allocation to complete the projects in a time-bound manner, it had not led to increase in fund allocation.