MP demands Rs 1505 cr assistance from centre to help farmers

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.

PTI



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

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