Concerned over the prevailing drought-like situation in parts of Uttar Pradesh, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi has asked partymen to span out and provide relief to people.
According to party sources, Congress general secretary on Monday met UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and incharge of party affairs in UP Digvijay Singh in Delhi to take stock of drought like situation in some parts of the state following scanty rainfall, and floods resulting from release of water in rivers originating from Nepal.
Realising that a lot more needs to be done to provide relief to victims, Rahul Gandhi had asked the partymen to move out in the fields for help besides ensuring that the benefits of the central government schemes reach the poor and needy, party sources said.
The Congress leader’s meeting comes in wake of the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi’s letter to all party MPs and MLAs for contributing in drought relief.
He also enquired about the follow up of Congress president’s letter, besides asking for a detailed report card for which the UPCC president has convened a meeting of district chiefs in Lucknow on September 12, sources said.
The recent reports of women being mortgaged in drought hit Bundelkhand region were also discussed in the meeting and the Congress leader was apprised that an enquiry team has been sent to Jhansi and necessary action would be initiated on the basis of its report, party sources added.