The Congress on Monday demanded that the state government provide a special package of Rs 10,000 crore to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, who have been badly hit due to the recent hailstorm and unseasonal rains.
The party also demanded that their pending power bills and loans be waived.
State Congress president Arun Yadav said the BJP government was apathetic towards the crisis in the farming sector.
"The Prime Minister has gone on foreign tours and the home minister hasn’t issued a statement. The chief minister is also silent though during a UPA regime he would always raise the demand for relief from the Centre," said Yadav, while addressing a press conference on Monday.
Yadav said farmers across the state had suffered crop damage to the tune of 10,000 crores and the BJP government in the state should provide a relief package for them.
"All the loans of the farmers from banks and societies for the last five years should be waived. Similarly, the government should waive the outstanding electricity bills of the farmers in this moment of crisis", he said.
The PCC chief also said the farmers were consistently been cheated by the state government in the name of crop insurance scheme, as the money wasn’t paid to them, despite losses to farmers earlier too.
The Congress said it would take to the streets if the government failed to provide relief to the farmers.