CM, Cong lock horns on relief proposal
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today refuted the Congress allegation that the State Government did not send any proposal to the Centre seeking financial assistance for the hailstorm-hit farmers.
“The Centre’s decision to send its teams to assess damage to the crops in the State is an ample proof that the State Government did send a proposal,” Chouhan told Hindustan Times here. Recently, Union Agriculture Minister Kantilal Bhuria had alleged State Government’s inaction on relief to the hailstorm-hit
Today, State Congress president Subhash Yadav repeated the similar charge while talking to newspersons in Indore. “When a delegation of the Congressmen from the State met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who was also present there, said his Ministry had received no proposal from the State Government.
This exposed the apathy of the BJP towards the farmers,” Yadav said He further said a special investigation team from the Centre would reach the affected areas for survey in three days’ time.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister said he disapproved of playing politics “on such a serious issue concerning farmers plight.”
Chouhan said that it was not possible to compensate hundred percent the loss the farmers suffered. Yet, he would make every effort to see to it that maximum relief was given to them and Rs 659-crore assistance had been sought from the Central Government. The State had sent two interim reports to the Centre and there was no further demand for financial assistance, he added.
Yadav said that the Congress has demanded Rs 300 crore as immediate interim relief from the Centre and the Prime Minister assured the delegation that funds would be no constraint while providing relief to farmers.
Blaming the BJP government in the State for not doing enough for the farmers, Yadav said that the Chief Minister should have visited the affected areas immediately and send in the proposal, but he and his Cabinet colleagues are “far too busy in an inauguration spree”.