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Cong to CM: Shun politics on relief

WHILE URGING Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to immediately send a Central study team to assess the damage to the crops in Madhya Pradesh due to hailstorm and unseasonal rains , Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi has flayed Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for accusing the Centre of not providing any assistance. Jamuna Devi has also urged UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to get additional assistance to the State?s hailstorm-affected farmers.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 21:49 IST

WHILE URGING Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to immediately send a Central study team to assess the damage to the crops in Madhya Pradesh due to hailstorm and unseasonal rains , Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi has flayed Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for accusing the Centre of not providing any assistance. Jamuna Devi has also urged UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to get additional assistance to the State’s hailstorm-affected farmers.

She has written separate letters to both the leaders, giving details of the massive destruction due to the recent rains and hailstorm.

State Congress president Subhash Yadav has described the relief announced by the State Government to the hailstorm- affected farmers as inadequate.

“Shivraj Singh is indulging in party politics in this hour of natural calamity and levelling baseless allegations against the Union Government”, Jamuna Devi said in a statement.

Quoting the annual report of the Revenue Department for the year 2005-2006, the Leader of Opposition said the report clearly mentioned provision of Rs 299.63 crore under Natural Calamity fund. Of this amount, only Rs 172 crore has been spent and remaining Rs 127 crore is still with the State Government. From the next fiscal beginning from April 1, the State would get Rs 190.67 crore under the Natural Calamity fund as Centre’s share, she added.

In a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, PCC president said the State Government has informed about damage to the crops in 2.29-lakh hectare in 5026 villages, which is far from reality.

When the Chief Minister himself has put the loss at Rs 2500 crore, the extent of damage to the crops could be well imagined, he pointed out. Yadav said that the compensation to farmers for un-irrigated crops at the rate of Rs 3000 per hectare is grossly inadequate.

It should be doubled, he demanded. Similarly the relief amount for damage to trees, houses, cattle and human casualties should also be doubled.

He drew the Chief Minister’s attention to the fact that heavy electricity bills on hand pumps and irrigation cess has not been waived off. Demanding waiver of all the bills and interest on loans of the farmers, Yadav said that the government should ensure procurement of the damaged crops so that farmers are not subjected to exploitation by traders.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has blamed the State Government for not being able to assess the extent of damage to the crops as yet. CPM state secretary Bahadur Singh Dhakad wondered how could the State Government seek Central aid when it has not carried out assessment of the damage to the crops.

He demanded that the Chief Minister lead an all-party delegation to Delhi for seeking Central assistance, as has been the tradition.