THE STATE Government said in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday that nobody died of starvation. However, it admitted that the situation was serious in certain areas and adequate measures were taken to prevent starvation death.
He said that the Government sought a report on the alleged starvation death in Hamirpur and subsequent looting of food grains.
Leader of the Opposition Lalji Tandon tried to raise the issue through a Question of Propriety notice. But the Chair, who said that the issue could not be raised as Question of Propriety, later allowed him to speak as privilege notice.
Tandon said that the situation was grave and two persons had died of starvation in the last 24 hours in Hamirpur alone. Besides, more than 50 persons had committed suicide because of loans, poverty and starvation in Bundelkhand.
After the Mulayam government came into power in the State, the number of such deaths rose to 1000, he said.
One could fathom the gravity of the situation from the fact that people were looting food grains. It could lead to law and order problem as a hungry man could go to any extent for food.
Pramod Tiwari (Congress) also expressed similar views underlining the need for action by the government to deal with the pathetic situation.
Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary said that no notice was given on the issue and denied any starvation death in any part of the State.
He said that the Government issued directives to the officials to deal with the situation in Bundelkhand and sought a report regarding alleged starvation death and looting of foodgrains in Hamirpur.