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EC asks Telangana govt to stop aid to farmers

The Election Commission (EC) has withdrawn the permission given to the Telangana government to disburse the financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu scheme after a Minister violated poll code by making a public announcement about it. The Commission said that there shall be no disbursement under the scheme till the Model Code of Conduct in Telangana ceases to apply in all its forms. The poll body has observed that Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao, who is also contesting candidate of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, has not only violated the provisions of Model Code of Conduct but also violated the laid down conditions by publicising the release under the scheme. The Commission said the Minister also disturbed the level playing field in the on-going election process. 
The Congress on Monday slammed the BRS over the EC's withdrawal of permission to the Telangana government for disbursements of financial aid to farmers under the Rythu Bandhu Scheme, alleging that those ruling the state, in their desperation to hang onto power, have ended up denying what is owed to farmers.The Congress also said that the withdrawal of permission was the result of the  “irresponsible and self-serving” approach of the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led party.In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the Election Commission has held the Finance and Health and Family Welfare Minister Harish Rao in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
The ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) has filed a memorandum to the Election Commission (EC) after the poll body withdrew the permission given for disbursements of financial aid to farmers for growing their rabi crops under the Rythu Bandhu scheme. In its memorandum, the BRS said Telangana minister T Harish Rao did not publicise the scheme and contended he only thanked the EC for granting permission. The party said it cannot be considered as a violation of the poll code.BRS spokesperson Putta Vishnuvardhan Reddy reacted to the EC's decision and put the blame for the halt on the disbursements of financial aid on the Congress party. He said the Congress had filed a complaint to the poll body to halt the Rythu Bandhu scheme's disbursement and said it showed the party's "antifarmer stance".
Launched by the BRS in 2018, the Rythu Bandhu scheme gives cash grants of Rs 5,000 an acre for a crop season to enable farmers to meet contingencies and augment agricultural production. The Telangana government disburses funds to the beneficiary farmers twice a year.Telangana, which has 119 assembly seats, will head to polls on November 30. The election is expected to see a fierce three-party contest between the BRS, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The counting of votes will take place on December 3

 


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