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CM issues stern warning to officials

india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 00:58 IST

Apathy Towards Drought-Hit farmers

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav is unhappy over  the bureaucratic apathy towards tackling the problems of drought-hit farmers. Issuing stern warning here on Monday, the Chief Minister asked the divisional commissioners and the district magistrates to effectively deal with the situation or face disciplinary action.

Reviewing the acute scarcity situation, Yadav has directed the officers of agriculture, cooperative, irrigation and energy to solve the farmers’ problems without further delay. There were already large numbers of reports about farmers committing suicides or dying of starvation in the Bundelkhand region, he added.

The chief minister said the commissioners and the district magistrates should ensure supply of seeds, fertilisers, insecticides and irrigation water up to tail-end.

He said supply of seeds and other materials should be provided at block development offices. Yadav said action would be taken against departmental heads for slackness in duty.

He said the district magistrates and the SPs would take effective measures to control smuggling of fertilisers into Nepal and Bihar. He said failure on the part officers posted on borders in controlling smuggling would be taken seriously.

The Chief Minister said he had received complaints that goods meant for farmers were being smuggled into Nepal and Bihar. Similarly, farmers in eastern UP had been facing acute shortage of seeds, insecticides and fertilisers. He said the officers, who were sitting in offices and not attending to the problems of farmers, would be punished.

The Chief Minister said chief secretary NC Bajpai would review district-wise position every day and take action against the erring officers. The principal secretary (Irrigation) Mohinder Singh said special drive was launched to provide water up to tail end by November 30.

He said around Rs 53 crore would be spent on the project. The Chief Minister said special drive should also be launched to nab electricity wire thieves.