Congress ups the ante on drought compensation

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.
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.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
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.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 11, 2019 03:12 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

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.

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