JSP Chief Pawan Kalyan demands compensation for families of construction workers, corners govt over sand issue

South India

VISAKHAPATNAM: Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan on Monday demanded the Andhra Pradesh government to pay compensation to the families of construction workers, who have allegedly committed suicide in the wake of the current slowdown in the sector due to shortage of sand.

Actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan further asked the state government to resolve the issue of sand scarcity on the state within two weeks and demanded Rs five lakh compensation for the families of construction workers who had committed suicide.
"Why is there such a shortage of sand here but not in other states? The construction workers' suicides are on the rise and unofficially, at least 50 construction workers have died till date”, he said.
"The state government should also pay Rs 50,000 to each worker who has lost livelihood for last four months," he added.
Speaking on his march against the state government on the alleged sand scarcity in the state, Kalyan said:
"If Jagan Mohan reddy giving a good ruling, there is no need for us to come on roads. We just want him to give Andhra Pradesh a good government."
On Sunday, Jana Sena Party had organised a long march to spotlight the sand scarcity problem in Visakhapatnam. The main aim of the programme is to expose the lapses in the sand supply policy and failure of the government in sand supply.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu and Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar has accused the opposition parties of politicising the issue of sand mining while asserting that necessary measures are being taken to deal with the situation.

With inputs from ANI
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