Congress ups the ante on drought compensation
After the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) hit out at the state government over its handling of drought in the state, the Congress has decided to become aggressive on the issue.
The Congress on Friday demanded compensations of Rs50,000 per hectare and Rs1 lakh per hectare to farmers against crop damage on irrigated land and horticulture crop respectively in the state.
The party has also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government has failed in providing relief to the people.
It has also formed a team that will tour the affected areas between May 12 and 20.
State Congress president Ashok Chavan on Friday held a meeting of senior leaders, MLAs and other office-bearers to review the drought situation. He also held a preparatory meeting for the upcoming state Assembly elections.
After the meeting, Chavan said the BJP-led state government had done nothing to provide relief to the people affected by drought.
“The entire relief work was stalled in the name of election code of conduct. This is despite (the fact that) drought relief has nothing to do with code of conduct. People were left in the lurch for the entire election period. This has now resulted in migration of people from affected areas,” he said.
A delegation of Congress leaders also met governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao requesting him to intervene and direct the state government to take concrete actions for drought mitigation in Maharashtra.
Chavan also blamed the state government for the trouble being faced by students from the Maratha community following the ruling by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court that reservation for Marathas under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) quota won’t apply to any post-graduate medical and dental courses this year.
“The CM has declared that he will appoint a battery of lawyers for implementation of Maratha reservation. Are his lawyers sleeping now?” the state Congress president said.
Meanwhile, some of the affected students met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting him to intervene in the issue.
Fadnavis assured them he would try his best to resolve the matter.
The army on Saturday said that the infiltrator killed on the LoC in Tangdhar was carrying drugs and his accomplice managed to flee towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The army termed the incident a narco-smuggling bid that was foiled on Friday.
Seeking relocation outside the Valley, people belonging to the migrant Kashmiri Pandit community staged protest in Srinagar on Saturday. Since the killing of a government employee, Rahul Bhat, inside the tehsil office in Budgam's Chadoora on May 12, migrant Pandit staffers have been agitating across Kashmir at their transit locations. The protesters, many among whom were women, said they didn't feel safe in Kashmir any more, especially after the killing of Bhat.
As the video clip of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha's deputy speaker Hansraj slapping a student during his visit to a government school in Chamba has gone viral, the Congress has asked the government to initiate action against him. Congress spokesperson and former chairperson of state commission for child rights protection also flayed Hansraj. Hansraj had also defended his act, stating that such action is needed at times to teach students discipline.
At the time when a prolonged dry spell coupled with soaring mercury across the country has triggered an unprecedented heatwave, the arid climatic conditions prevailing in Himachal Pradesh have caused extensive damage to the rabi crops. In March and April, the hill state recorded a rain deficit of over 90% and 89%, which is the highest in the last two decades. The wheat crop was the worst-hit with losses estimated at ₹121.31 crore.
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