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CM for maximum central help for hail-hit farmers

THE RECENT hailstorm caused death of 23 people and damaged crops in 720 villages of 29 districts in the state. As many as 102 persons sustained injuries, 64 cattle heads perished and over 1500 houses collapsed.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 15:42 IST

THE RECENT hailstorm caused death of 23 people and damaged crops in 720 villages of 29 districts in the state. As many as 102 persons sustained injuries, 64 cattle heads perished and over 1500 houses collapsed.

Giving this information to the Members of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the MPs to use their good office in getting adequate central assistance for providing relief to the farmers affected by hailstorm in the state.

The CM was addressing a meeting of the Parliamentary Cell in Delhi today. Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kantilal Bhuria and Members of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh attended the meeting.

The CM said that in view of the heavy loss due to hailstorm the MPs should help mobilize maximum possible central assistance for the state. He also urged Bhuria to take initiative for sending a central team to assess the loss in the state to ensure timely help to the state.

He sought cooperation of the MPs for financial assistance under 12th Finance Commission, central assistance for rural development schemes as also for drinking water arrangements during the summer season.

At the outset, the convener of the Cell, Krishna Murari Moghe welcomed the Chief Minister. Sumitra Mahajan presented a bouquet to him. Members of Parliament Dr Laxaminarayan Pandey, Satyanarayan Jatia, Kailash Joshi, Vikram Verma and other MPs attended the meeting.

Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani, Principal Secretary GAD Khushiram, Principal Secretary Rural Development Pradeep Bhargava, Special Commissioner Asha Das and Resident Commissioner Rajan S Katoch were also present at the meeting.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 15:42 IST