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Congress questions MP govt's intent over relief to farmers

The Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party government's intent of providing relief to recent rain and hailstorm-hit farmers and said that contrasting estimates of crop damage show that it was not serious.

bhopal Updated: Apr 10, 2015 15:30 IST
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The Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party government's intent of providing relief to recent rain and hailstorm-hit farmers and said that contrasting estimates of crop damage show that it was not serious.

State Congress president Arun Yadav said while reports submitted by the district collectors of the hail-hit districts have estimated the crop loss at Rs 2,123 crore, health minister and government spokesperson Narottam Mishra pegged the damage at Rs 756 crore.

Yadav in a statement, said the contrasting figures being quoted by the administration and the minister shows the casual approach of the government. "The reality is that there has been no survey to assess the actual damage to crops in the districts".

Yadav said that the recent unseasonal rain and hailstorms have affected nearly 80% crop in 33 districts of the state and the damage was higher than previous years.

"During the UPA regime, the BJP-led state government had asked for relief package of Rs 5,000 crore for farmers. But now, when the situation is even worse with 18 farmer deaths, the BJP is not even raising the issue with the Centre," he said.

The state Congress president further said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lacks the courage to approach the Centre for a special compensation package for the affected farmers from the Prime Minister.

"The state government doesn’t have the courage to go to the Centre seeking financial assistance after Narendra Modi become Prime Minister."

Unwilling to approach the Centre, the state government has brought down to crop loss estimate to almost one-third. The government is not serious about conducting a statewide survey to assess the crop damage, he added.