Dehra Dun: Union Minister of State for Labour Harish Rawat on Saturday demanded that the Uttarakhand government should announce a relief package for farmers affected by
floods in the state.
"Floods have severely damaged sugarcane, paddy and other crops...The flood-hit farmers should be given a financial support to grow other crops in their fields," he said.
The state government should also stop recovery of dues from farmers and compensate them for the interest component of the loan to be repaid by them to cooperative and other banks, he said.
Criticising the state ministers for making statements that the Centre is discriminating against Uttarakhand, Rawat said, "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already announced a relief package of Rs 500 crore to the state." Despite the fact that Rs 100 crore from National Contingency Fund given to the state are still lying unused, the state ministers are saying that the package is not enough and the Centre is discriminating against the state. This is not fair."