20 Mar 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Congress Walks Out Of Assembly Demanding Compensation For Farmers; CM Shivraj Says Survey Is Being Conducted


Bhopal: Heavy rainfall accompanied with hailstorm has ruined farmers' crops in Madhya Pradesh. The Congress is demanding compensation for the farmers by conducting a survey of the damaged crop. Regarding this, the Congress created a ruckus in the House on Monday during the budget session of the Legislative Assembly. The opposition also staged a walkout from the proceedings of the House. The opposition alleged that no minister reached among the farmers affected by the hailstorm.

Hailstorm has destroyed crops: Jaivardhan

Jaivardhan Singh, former minister and son of Digvijaya Singh, while discussing with the media in the assembly premises, made serious allegations against the government regarding the damage to the crops. Jaivardhan lashed out at the state government and said that the Annadata is in trouble. 

He said that hailstorm has destroyed crops in Guna, Ashoknagar, Mungawali. The same situation prevails in most of the districts of Madhya Pradesh. But neither the Chief Minister nor any minister of the BJP government has visited the affected farmers. How will the farmers be compensated? There was a demand for discussion in the assembly regarding this. Farmers are being exploited in Madhya Pradesh. Congress demands waiver of outstanding loans and all bills of farmers.

Loss to farmers due to non-harvesting

The crop has not been harvested. The standing crop has been extensively damaged.

Former Madhya Pradesh Congress President Arun Yadav has also urged the Chief Minister to help the farmers by tweeting. He said that farmers have been devastated due to heavy hailstorm in Khargone, Khandwa, Dindori and other districts of the state. He urged Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to immediately help the farmers of the state. The work of survey of crop loss can be done later. Farmers are in big trouble right now.

Nakul said that seeds should be given free of cost for the next crop

On the other hand, Congress MP and former CM Kamal Nath's son Nakul Nath has also demanded the government to provide free seeds to the farmers for the next crop. He has said that due to rain and hailstorm in many districts of Madhya Pradesh, farmers' crops have suffered terrible damage. Seeing the situation of farmers, direct compensation without any survey should be given. KCC bank recovery should be stopped. Electricity bills should be waived.

Survery is being conducted: CM 

At the same time, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan called a meeting of officers and ministers to discuss the situation. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a survey is being conducted for damage caused by hailstorm in the state. Crops have been damaged due to hailstorm in Datia, Gwalior and Ashoknagar. Information about partial damage to wheat, gram and mustard crops has been obtained. 

Shivraj said cattle loss has also been reported in Sagora of Gwalior district. Survey instructions have been given in these areas. After the survey, the work of giving relief amount to the farmer brothers will be started. He assured the farmers that after the survey, they would be given relief amounts and benefit of crop insurance scheme. Government staff are going to the fields for survey.

CM said the Madhya Pradesh government will also compensate for the loss of animals. The complete work of crop survey will be done by March 25.

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