MP: CM meets Modi, ministers over crop loss, seeks relief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:36 IST
Shivraj Singh Chouhan also discussed the progress of Simhastha arrangements and sought aid. (File photo)

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some of his cabinet colleagues separately, to apprise them of the crop damage crisis in Madhya Pradesh due to scanty and erratic rainfall this monsoon.

He also discussed the progress of Simhastha arrangements and sought aid.

The CM has put across a demand of Rs 1,900 crore worth of additional assistance to distribute compensation to affected farmers, government sources said. Chouhan has also urged the Centre to immediately send a team to assess the extent of crop loss.

The state government recently declared 114 tehsils in 23 districts of the state as drought-hit and announced compensation for the farmers from its coffers. This relief amount is expected to be around `1200-1300 crore.

Chouhan told PM Modi and other ministers that a formal detailed memorandum would soon be sent out to the central government for the assistance.

He also sent out letters to finance minister Arun Jaitley and home minister Rajnath Singh detailing the crop damage situation.

He said in the letter that a large-scale survey has been started to assess crop loss and provide immediate relief to affected farmers.

As per preliminary estimates, crops of 27.93 lakh farmers spreading over 2,600 lakh hectares in about 23,000 villages have suffered widespread loss due to drought and caterpillars, yellow beetle and mosaic disease, Chouhan told the ministers in his letter, a government release said.

Simhastha security fund

Chouhan urged Union home minister Rajnath Singh to make available Rs 260.57 crore for 13 projects regarding security arrangements during Simhastha at Ujjain next year.

He also sought reintroduction of police modernisation plan component and sanction of `250 crore under it.

Chouhan wrote that MP has police strength of 1, 12,000 and thus a Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Training School (CIATTS) should be set up in Bhopal.

MPSFC refinance plea

Chouhan has written a letter to union finance minister Arun Jaitley urged the Centre that MP state finance corporation, which is earning profit and making regular payments, should be given 90% refinance as before.

Besides, investment limit of bonds issued by the corporation should also be increased.

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