New Delhi: BJP today created an uproar in the
Lok Sabha over the government`s "failure" to provide
long-term solutions to the recurring problems of droughts and
floods in various parts of the country.
"...I assure the House that the inter-ministerial group
(IMG) and central teams will carefully look into the reports
of floods and droughts...and take a view sympathetically and
compassionately," Home Minister P Chidambaram said replying to
a debate on flood and drought situation in the country.
As several members wanted to ask questions, presiding
officer Fransisco Sardinha said some members could do so.
Navjot Singh Sidhu (BJP) accused the government of "bad
intent" in finding a permanent solution to the problem and
termed it as a "failure" on part of the Centre.
Tribal Affairs Minister Kantilal Bhuria objected Sidhu`s
remark and termed it as "not good".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said it
was wrong on Sidhu`s part to "dramatise" the debate and said
state governments were primarily responsible for dealing with
floods and drought.
While Chidambaram wanted to say something, Bansal insisted
that the debate was over and the House should take up the next
item on the agenda.
Sidhu termed the floods and droughts as a "thorn in the
flesh" and accused the government of "counting the dead."
"You don`t foresee the problem but dole out small amounts
of compensation as an adhoc measure," he said amidst din.
Before BJP`s attack on the government, Lalu Prasad (RJD)
said since the Bihar government (headed by his arch-rival
Nitish Kumar) has failed to help farmers facing drought, the
Centre should provide fodder and foodgrain and monitor the
Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP) wanted to know the fund sought by
Bihar government for tackling drought and floods and the
amount sanctioned by the Centre.