Revenue minister Rampal Singh on Thursday informed the MP state assembly that a report submitted by an Indian Forest Service officer to access crop damage in areas which received scanty rainfall, would be used to declare two tehsils of Madhya Pradesh as drought-hit.
This would be first time in the state that the government would declare an area as drought-hit based on the report of an officer of the all India allied services, he said.
Congress legislator KP Singh, who raised the issue through a call attention motion, said that Pichore and Khaniyadhana tehsils of Shivpuri district had not been declared as drought-hit even though there areas received scanty rainfall.
He demanded that the tehsils be included in the drought-hit tehsil list and said that no officials from the revenue department had come to survey the area for crop damage.
Replying to the motion, revenue minister Rampal Singh said that as against an average rain of 816 mm in Pichore and 816 mm in Khaniyadhana, the areas had received 754 mm and 694 mm rain respectively, which was 7 % and 15 % deficient.
For an area to be declared drought hit, it has to have a deficiency of 25% by September 30, he said.
Asked if the government will declare the areas as drough-hit based of the official’s report, the minister said yes.
He said that Giridhar Rao, an IFS officer visited the area to assess crop damage had told him that he had seen 100 % damage, which would be reflected in his report.
Rao was one of the 100 senior officers sent to access crop damage in the regions which received scanty rain during the year.
Rs 527 crore spent for forest protection
The state government has spent Rs 527.80 crore for protecting forests across the state between April 2013 and October 2015 and another Rs 43.49 crore on maintain vehicles by the department during the same period. This was informed by state forest minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar during a call attention motion on the second day of the assembly session.
In a written to a question about the amount spent to protect forests in the state from April 2013 to October 2015 tabled by Congress legislator Kunwar Vikram Singh, Shejwar said that the forest department accrued an income of Rs 10.64 crore in Chhatarpur district while it incurred an expenditure of Rs 69.17 crore in the district in the same period.
‘Withdraw case against Dhar qazi’
Congress lawmaker Arif Aqueel on Thursday demanded that a case registered against the Dhar Qazi be withdrawn. During Zero Hour, the MLA said the Qazi had organised a peaceful protest against the inflammatory statement issued by a Hindu outfit leader against Prophet Mohammad on Tuesday.
A case was lodged against him the next day for “inflaming passions.” Aqueel demanded the case be withdrawn as the Qazi had called a peaceful protest. Home minister Babulal Gaur told the House that he would look into matter and quash the case if the charges against Qazi were found false. Two others have also been booked in the same case.