MP demands Rs 1505 cr assistance from centre to help farmers
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Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 22:12
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has demanded Rs 1,505 Crore as part of the special package from the Centre to compensate farmers whose crops got damaged due to cold wave and frost.

"The state government has demanded an assistance of Rs 1505 Crore from the Centre as part of a special package to provide relief to the frost-hit farmers," Parliamentary Affairs Minister and the state cabinet spokesman Narottam Mishra told reporters here today.

However, he said that as per preliminary estimates, the state farmers have suffered a loss of over Rs 5,000 crore due to the cold wave and frost.

When asked about the number of farmers who committed suicide due to financial burden, the Minister after verifying records evaded a direct reply and said that 21 people have made an attempt to kill themselves.

Despite persistent queries, the Minister did not provide any figure related to total number of deaths in the state due to the crop failure.

He informed that so far the government has provided a relief of over Rs 153 crore to the affected farmers.

When his attention was drawn towards the statement of Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Arun Yadav that the Centre has not received any memorandum from the state on the issue of frost-hit farmers, Mishra said that this was the time to stand with the farmers and not politicise the issue.

He also said that in case the Centre fails to provide any relief to the farmers, the state will stage protest in a democratic manner.


First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 22:12

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