Chouhan writes to PM, seeks special package for farmers

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sanction a special package for farmers in the state, above the amount already promised by the Centre.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sanction a special package for farmers in the state, above the amount already promised by the Centre.

"Additional central assistance should be provided in view of the large-scale losses caused to the farmers (due to severe cold conditions)," Chouhan has said in a letter sent to the Prime Minister yesterday.

"A memorandum seeking an assistance of Rs 2,442 crore has already been submitted to the Centre," it said.
The Centre recently sanctioned Rs 224.60 crore under the State Disaster Relief Fund for Madhya Pradesh, but Chouhan said in the letter that a part of this amount was already due to the state, under regular allocation of funds by the Centre.

"Obviously, the state has not received any additional financial assistance as such," it said.

Chouhan had earlier threatened to go on a hunger strike in New Delhi if enough funds were not released.

PTI