YSRCP MLA from Proddatur Rachamallu Sivaprasada Reddy threatened to undertake an indefinite fast from January 7 if the handloom weavers are not paid their pension arrears by January 5. He said he would sit on an indefinite fast on the route taken by the CM to reach Amaravati.
He said the TDP Government in Andhra Pradesh has not paid pension arrears for the last three months. The weavers were passing through very difficult times due to this, he said. He said the policies of the government were driving the weavers to suicides. He weavers are on a relay fast in front of the Proddatur municipal office for the past two days and the MLA too fasted to express his solidarity with them.
He slammed the Chandrababu Naidu government for being insensitive to the plight of the weavers. He said that if the government fails to release the pension arrears by January 5, he would release Rs 2.40 lakh from the MLA Local Area Development Funds to support the hapless weavers.