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?Hail-hit farmers to get Rs 500 minimum relief?

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced that Rs 500 per acre as minimum relief to the farmers whose crops damaged due to recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 13:18 IST

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced that Rs 500 per acre as minimum relief to the farmers whose crops damaged due to recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

Addressing BJP workers at the State party office and later talking to journalists there, he said he was surprised to see a cheque of Rs 30 given to a farmer.

He immediately suspended the tehsildar concerned, the CM informed. He said the amendments in the revenue book circular (RBC) were being effected to give compensation to the farmers for losses to their crops in a more practical way. He said the RBC carried provisions from the British period and the mindset of the bureaucracy was such that they hesitated in giving maximum benefit to the farmers. There was a tendency to give les benefit to the farmers, he said.

In reply to question he said he met several persons at Chitrakoot recently including Nanaji Deshmukh and RSS leader Suresh Soni. When asked what transpired between him and the leaders he said in a lighter vein- ye to raaj ki baat hai.

Officials told to show greater sensitivity: The CM today instructed officials to show greater sensitivity in assessing crop loss caused due to natural calamity. He also directed them to visit the fields for this purpose. The CM today visited Patkheda village in Ashok Nagar district and took stock of loss of crops. According to an official release, the Chief Minister told the farmers that the government formulated rules and regulations to safeguard the interests of people. If necessary, these could be amended.

The State Government has initiated various relief works for unemployed and labourers. He also warned officials that strict action would be taken for negligence in assessment of crop loss.

The Chief Minister said hailstorm and rains claimed 84 human lives and saw 900 cattle perishing. Besides, crops on lakhs of hectares of fields were damaged.

He said a crop insurance scheme was being chalked out in the interests of the farmers. He said the Government was committed to making an actual assessment of crop loss of every individual. The relief amount would be distributed without any discrimination. Minister of State for Culture, Mineral Resources Laxmikant Sharma, former minister Gopilal Jatav and MLA Jagannath Singh were also present.