BJD, Congress doing politics over farmers plight: CPI-M

Accusing both ruling BJD and Opposition Congress in Orissa of doing "politics" over the plight of rain-hit farmers, CPI(M) Friday said the Centre should have released interim relief before sending a team to access damages.

Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 19:26 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Accusing both ruling BJD and Opposition Congress in Orissa of doing "politics" over the plight of rain-hit farmers, CPI(M) Friday said the Centre should have released interim relief before sending a team to access damages.

"While the Centre released Rs 400 crore and Rs 600 crore as interim relief for farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively, it deliberately delayed assistance to Orissa by sending a team to access the damage," CPI(M) state secretary Janardan Pati told reporters here.
"The Centre is hoodwinking the people in the name of sending central team to Orissa. No such exercise was done for either Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra," he said.

Stating that both BJD and Congress had been trying to take "political mileage" from the farmers` miseries, Pati said the state government should consult peasant organisations and political parties to assist those affected.

"A team of political parties, farmer bodies and labour unions should be sent to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar," the party said in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Terming the Orissa government`s package for rain-hit farmers as grossly inadequate, the letter demanded Rs 10,000 for per acre of non-irrigated land and Rs 25,000 for per acre of multi-crop land in view of the damage to Kharif crops due to the unseasonal rains late last year.

CPI-M would hold civil disobedience agitation at all tehsil offices in the state to highlight the farmers issue, price rise and corruption in the Bofors deal, Pati said.

PTI