Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal today sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for fixing the amount of compensation for flood ravaged regions of the state at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre.
Interacting with the media persons after visiting the two flood affected villages of Muktsar district here, the Badal said he had written a letter to PM for revising the criteria of fixing the relief amount in regions inflicted with any natural disaster so that the victims of these tragedies could be duly compensated.
He said that he would soon personally meet the prime minister to immediately take a call on this.
The chief minister said that the farmers of these regions were the most affected as their crops, which were ready for harvest, have been either washed away or destroyed in the floods, so special attention should be paid to give solace to them.
Badal said that he would apprise the PM about the ground realities and urge him to help the peasantry of the state by fixing the compensation amount at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre.
He said that it was the high time that the Union Government should lend a helping hand to the hard working and resilient farmers of the state who had played a vanguard role in making the country self reliant in food production and were now feeling disenchanted with centre's blatant neglect to their woes.
Earlier during his address in village Fatehpur Mannia and Tappa, the Chief Minister said that in order to avert any such tragedy in the future a complete overhaul of the drainage system of the state was on cards.
Badal said that he had asked the Drainage department to prepare a 'master plan' of the all the flood affected regions before the next monsoon season so that havoc due the rain water could be avoided in future.