CRDA plans to take farmers to Singapore, but asks them to pay the fare

First Published 28, Sep 2017, 5:41 PM IST
CRDA decides to take Capital city farmers to Singapore
  • CRDA has decided to take farmers from its capital city to Singapore.
  • 100 farmers in three batches would be taken on a visit to Singapore.
  • CRDA is making all the preparations for this trip, but farmers have to bear airfare, visa and insurance costs.

Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city Amaravathi aims to be the next Singapore, literally. The CRDA (Capital Region Development Authority) is planning to take 100 farmers on a visit to Singapore to study the developmental programmes being implemented there.

The farmers would be taken to Singapore in three batches with the first batch visiting during October 22-26, second batch between November 5-9 and third batch in November 19-23. If more than 100 farmers apply for the trip then they will be selected through lottery system. The selected farmers would stay for three nights and four days with CRDA taking care of all the transportation and lodging facilities.

But farmers have to bear the airfare, visa fees, health insurance and other expenses. Farmers who are suffering with no income since two years after giving their fields to the construction of the capital city are in no position to bear these additional expenses.