The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is set to hold a one-day special assembly session to address issues of farmers in Madhya Pradesh who are facing severe agrarian crisis due to drought, and to allocate budget to implement relief measures.
Briefing media persons on the state cabinet’s decisions taken on Wednesday, state government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said, “Special budget allocation is required immediately to address the issues of drought-hit farmers. As the winter session is far away, the chief minister has decided to call a special session to meet the crisis and allocate budget for the purpose.”
The date for the special session would be announced by Friday, he added.
Mishra said the cabinet had unanimously decided that all ministers would donate one month’s salary to the chief minister’s relief fund and also urge the MLAs to do the same.
Also during the cabinet meeting, it was also decided that “all other works” would be temporarily suspended to save funds to deal with the ongoing agrarian crisis.
In another important decision, it was decided that farmers paying income tax and engaged in other auxiliary businesses or other profitable ventures would not be given compensation.
Madhya Pradesh is facing a severe drought situation this year - as many as 19,951 villages in 114 tehsils of 23 districts have been declared drought-hit by the state government. Incidents of debt-ridden farmers committing suicide are also on the rise.
According to Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, more than 2,000 farmers have committed suicide in the state in past seven months.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had recently asked all bureaucrats to spend a night in villages to gain better understanding of the ground realities- their three-day tour concluded on Wednesday.
As per sources, most of the ministers and officials have expressed concern for the condition of farmers and that government schemes are not reaching those in need.