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Orissa asks Centre to release funds for rain-hit farmers soon

Orissa govt asked the Centre to expedite release of funds for farmers hit by unseasonal rains in the state.

Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 17:38 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Wednesday
asked the Centre to expedite release of funds for farmers hit
by unseasonal rains in the state.

The state government informed this to Union Minister
of State for Agriculture K V Thomas who met Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik this morning.

"Mr Thomas met me this morning and I repeated the
state`s demand (for release of funds) on unseasonal rain. I
said they (Centre) should do it as quickly as possible,
particulraly as they have given funds to Andhra Pradesh and
Maharastra", Patnaik told reporters at the sideline of a
function.

Patnaik -- who had earlier met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and spoke to Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee in this regard -- also told Thomas
the Centre released funds for AP and Maharastra even without
sending central team to access the situation.

Even as the central team had left the state since a
fortnight after accessing situation here, no assistance was
released for the state, Patnaik pointed out at the meeting.

Earlier, the state government had submitted a
memorandum with the Centre seeking an assistance of about Rs
2600 crore for the twin calamities like drought and unseasonal
rains those struck the state in 2010.

PTI