MP CM meets Chidambaram, Pawar; seeks help for frost-hit farmers

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar seeking the Centre`s help for the state`s farmers who have suffered huge losses due to frost.

Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 21:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday met Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar seeking the
Centre`s help for the state`s farmers who have suffered huge
losses due to frost.
Chouhan urged both the ministers to soon schedule a
meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM) to decide on a
rehabilitation package for thousands of farmers in Madhya
Pradesh.

"I asked them to schedule a meeting of GoM as early as
possible. I have requested to include loss incurred due to
frost under natural calamity head so that fast relief can be
given to the affected farmers," he said.

About 33 lakh farmers have lost crops worth Rs 7,000
crore due to extreme cold conditions and facing serious
problems, Chouhan said. He has sought Rs 2,400 crore central
aid to help the farmers.

"Both the ministers have assured me to look into the
matter and extend all possible help," Chouhan said.
The Chief Minister also held a meeting with Members of
Parliament representing the state in both Houses of Parliament
to discuss various issues.

The meet was attended by Leader of the Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh BJP chairman Prabhat
Jha among others.

PTI