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Telangana Govt to Send 1,000 Officials on Israel Junket, Oppn Fumes

A similar tour to Israel was undertaken in April 2015 by a Telangana government delegation which was led by the agriculture minister. Isreal is known to use farming techniques that ensure high agriculture yield with less water.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:November 16, 2017, 4:25 PM IST
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Telangana Govt to Send 1,000 Officials on Israel Junket, Oppn Fumes
File photo of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
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Hyderabad: Around 1,000 government officials will travel to Israel to study farming techniques, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said in the Assembly on Thursday, drawing allegations of public money wastage by the Opposition.

"In Telangana, there are 1,000 agriculture officers. We will send them in batches of 100 to Israel to receive training in various farming techniques that can be replicated in the state. They will study micro-irrigation technique and receive training that will benefit the state and ensure high productivity," the CM said.

Criticising the ‘junket’, Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao accused the government of “splurging money”. "This is yet another case of splurging of public funds by KCR and we oppose this. What is the need of sending 1,000 officers? This will cost Rs 30 crore. Why not invite experts from Israel and have the officials receive training here. The farmers in the state need loan waiver and compensation, which the government has failed in providing.”

Telangana Congress spokesperson Krishank said the state’s exchequer was in surplus when it was formed, but was in deficit now. "The Chief Minister is trying to please officers by sending them on a foreign tour. Why is the government ignoring farmers? Farmers want government support through minimum support price, not in such ways.”

A similar tour to Israel was undertaken in April 2015 by a Telangana government delegation which was led by the agriculture minister. Isreal is known to use farming techniques that ensure high agriculture yield with less water.
| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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