Chouhan seeks PM`s intervention ahead of his hunger strike

Two days before his proposed hunger strike against the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s intervention to sort out issues concerning the state.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 00:58 AM IST

Bhopal: Two days before his proposed hunger
strike against the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday sought Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s intervention to sort out issues concerning the state.

In a letter to the Prime Minister that was also released
to the press, Chouhan has referred to various issues like
supply of coal, allocation of food grains in line with the
number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state,
revision of allocation under the Indira Awas Yojana,
assistance for recent crop damage among others.

"Madhya Pradesh has suffered severe crop damage in the
recent cold wave but our request for special package of
assistance has largely been ignored," the letter said.

"Similarly my repeated requests for reforms in
agriculture crop insurance have been met with silence or
negative responses. I have also impressed upon you the need
for reviewing the methodology for fixing the Minimum Support
Price for agriculture produce, but have received no response,"
Chouhan said in the letter.

"You have expressed agreement with my views during our
personal discussions but the Ministries concerned do not
appear to have acted upon your views and instructions," it
said.

"It is with a heavy heart, therefore, that I have
decided to undertake "Savinay Aagrah Upwas" from February 13
with the hope that this will draw your attention to the need
for action on these critical matters," the letter said.

PTI