Chautala wants Haryana declared ‘drought-hit’

Haryana’s main opposition party,Indian National Lok Dal,on Monday demanded that the state be declared drought-hit and asked the government to immediately gauge the damage to crops.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 3:10:05 am

Haryana’s main opposition party,Indian National Lok Dal (INLD),on Monday demanded that the state be declared drought-hit and asked the government to immediately gauge the damage to crops.

“Haryana is facing drought this year. There has hardly been any monsoon rain so far. We demand that government should declare the state drought hit,” INLD president Om Prakash Chautala said addressing a press conference here.

“Special Girdwari (revenue survey) should be ordered to assess damage caused to crops due to lack of rains. Affected farmers should be given a compensation of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per acre,” Chautala said,adding that those farmers,who had to switch to alternative power-modes,like generators,should also be provided compensation.

The rainfall deficiency in Haryana is 71 per cent and its neighbouring state Punjab 67 per cent,according to weather data up to July 27.

The INLD leader criticised the state government for the “grave” power situation. “From 2005,when Congress returned to power in Haryana,more than seven years have passed,but power situation has worsened,” he said,adding that when his government was in power,“we refused to allow Reliance from entering into a tie up with a Chinese company for installation of equipments in the power plants.”

“Though the Hooda-led government had initially denied permission to Reliance,but within 15 days the company again approached the ruling government and this time the permission was granted. The result is in front of everybody. The faulty equipments,installed by the company has resulted in breakdown of the units and the people of the state are end sufferers”,Chautala said.

He said the law and order situation had “worsened” in the state of which the Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant incident was “an example.”

He expressed opposition to the move to set up a nuclear plant in Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad,claiming that three farmers had died during protests over the past two years resisting acquisition of their land,“but the government is bent upon going ahead.”

Quoting a news item published in The Indian Express,pertaining to alleged politician-bureaucrat nexus in the panchayat land transfer in Gurgaon,Chautala said,“The hint has been given by the government’s own IAS officer. The government has so far chosen to ignore it. They should clear their stand and get a probe conducted.”

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