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Congress demands relief works in drought-hit villages in Rajasthan​

The Congress has launched a protest against the Rajasthan government for not starting relief works in 2,100 drought-hit villages in Barmer district

jaipur Updated: May 25, 2017 20:39 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times
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A Congress delegation with Barmer district collector. (HT Photo.)

The Congress has launched a protest against the Rajasthan government for not starting relief works in 2,100 drought-hit villages in Barmer district.

A party delegation led by district unit president Fateh Khan met Barmer collector Shiv Prasad Nakate on Thursday to demand relief activities within next three days.

The Congress also warned that it would launch a massive protest if relief activities not be started.

Delegation comprising former MP and Congress national secretary Harish Choudhary, district council head Priyanka Meghwal, MLA Mevaram Jain and district vice president YD Joshi also gave a memorandum to the collector.

Congress leaders alleged that despite declaring 2,478 of total 2,727 villages in the district as scarcity hit about four months ago, the state government has not started relief activities till date.

They alleged that due to the state government’s negligence cattle have started dying. Apart from this, people are facing severe drinking water problem.

Congress leaders said due to lack of rain as this there was no Kharif crop due to which people are also facing crunch of fodder for the cattle.

Congress leaders said despite this worst situation government is not taking stock of situation and sat over the disaster management fund.

They alleged that excluding MGNREGA works government had not started any other relief activity in affected areas. They claimed that those who have completed 100 days in MGNREGA are now helpless and have started migrating for the jobs.

The Congress demanded that considering the pathetic situation in the affected areas government should start the relief activities including cattle camp at the earliest.

They also demanded repairing of roads constructed under PMGSY in 2010. Apart from this delegation members also demanded to direct the officials at agriculture department to ensure all the preparation for the upcoming monsoon period while ensuring proper management for distribution of seeds and fertilizer to the farmers.

In December last year, the state government declared 13 districts including Barmer and Jaisalmer as scarcity hit.

Following which a proposal was accepted for providing relief through disaster management and relief department as per norms.

For the past three years, Barmer villages were declared scarcity hit and the maximum number of villages, which were declared scarcity hit this year, are in Barmer.

First Published: May 25, 2017 20:39 IST