Ruling, opp MLAs seek re-look at package for rain-hit farmers

Terming Orissa govt`s Rs 900 crore package for farmers affected by unseasonal rains as `disappointing`, both opposition and treasury bench members asked CM Patnaik to "re-look" at the compensation ratio.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 20:49 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Terming Orissa government`s
Rs 900 crore package for farmers affected by unseasonal rains
as `disappointing`, both opposition and treasury bench members
on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to "re-look" at the
compensation ratio in view of the massive crop loss due to the
calamity.

The issue was raised by leader of opposition from
Congress Bhupinder Singh during zero hour which was supported
by the members from the ruling BJD, NCP, CPI and Congress.

"Please reconsider the package as it has frustrated
the farming community. It was shocking that a dog ate the body
of a farmer who committed suicide due to crop loss in this
calamity in Ganjam district," Singh said.

Demanding government`s assurance to farmers for total
purchase of the remaining paddy, Congress member Saluja
alleged that farmers in western districts are not getting the
minimum support price (MSP) for paddy. "The farmers are given
Rs 600 per quintal against the MSP of Rs 1,000," he said.

The ruling BJD member Pradeep Maharathy and others
from his party urged the chief minister to reconsider the
December 18 package for farmers as the damage was massive.

Terming the mauling of farmer`s body by dogs in Ganjam
as "unfortunate", BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo
said, "The CM must re-look into the package".

NCP member Amar Satpathy, CPI`s Adikanda Sethi also
demanded extra help to rain-hit farmers while senior Congress
member Dambaru Ullaka demanded adequate compensation for
cotton growers and others engaged in cash crop cultivation.

Patnaik on December 18 had announced a Rs 900 crore
package for farmers after visiting four worst hit districts.

The state government had announced an assistance to
farmers with an ex-gratia of Rs 2,000 per hectare for those
who suffered crop loss of more than 50 per cent due to the
heavy unseasonal cyclonic rains.

PTI