The damage to crops due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm echoed in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Monday as BSP members, terming the ruling SP insensitive to farmers’ losses, staged a walkout, while BJP and Congress members protested in the Well forcing the House to be adjourned for ten minutes.
As the House assembled, BJP and Congress members rushed to the well demanding a discussion on the losses suffered by farmers. BSP members too were on their feet. As most of the ministers were absent from the House, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya termed it as “insensitivity of state government towards farmers’ issues”.
Intervening, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan said opposition was not serious about farmers’ issues and only want to “make headlines”.
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Following this, BSP MLAs led by Maurya walked out from the House. The Speaker later adjourned the House for 10 minutes and asked opposition leaders to come to his room for discussion. However, they did not go there.
The issue again came up for discussion during zero hour when Maurya moved an adjournment notice. Maurya claimed that 14 farmers have committed suicide and government should provide immediate relief. BJP leader Suresh Khanna said that micro level assessment of losses incurred by farmers should be done.
On this Azam Khan said since the rain struck last night the reports from every district were yet to arrive. He said no laxity will be tolerated in providing relief to the farmers.
While rejecting the adjournment notice, Speaker allowed one-hour discussion on the subject. The date of the discussion will be decided later by Business Advisory Committee meeting.
Govt releases Rs 200 crore for rain-hit farmers
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday evening released Rs 200 crore from state’s emergency funds for providing relief to the farmers affected by by the untimely rain and hailstorm.
“The CM has also directed Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to suspend recovery of dues from farmers,” an official statement said, adding ex-gratia compensation of Rs five lakh will be given to farmers dying due to natural calamity.
High quality seeds will also be distributed to the farmers who have lost their crop. On his part, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan too has issued instructions to all district magistrates and divisional commissioners for sending daily reports about the relief measures in their districts.