A day ahead of Bharat Bandh' call given by some opposition parties against the new farm laws introduced by the Narendra Modi government, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday asked officials to release Rs 7,300 crore as financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu scheme.
The farmers' financial assistance will be given from December 27 to January 7, an official release said on Monday. Rao, who is also the president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), had earlier said his party would actively support the nationwide shutdown call given by the farmers.
The chief minister instructed the officials to deposit the amount directly into accounts of farmers He said distribution of the financial assistance should begin with farmers who have less holding of lands and go on to those having a large extent, even as all of them should get the assistance in 10 days, the release said.
Meanwhile, a separate release from the CMO said Rao instructed the officials concerned to get a brand image to the high quality Cotton being produced in the state to increase its demand globally.
He also wanted a strategy to be prepared to give publicity to the special qualities of the Cotton grown in the State. He wanted the Agriculture department to hold a conference with all the experts and specialists in the field, it added.
(With inputs from PTI)