Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for fixing the amount of compensation for flood-ravaged regions of the state at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre.
Interacting with mediapersons after visiting two flood-affected villages of Muktsar district here,Badal said he had written a letter to the Prime Minister for revising the criteria of fixing the relief amount in regions inflicted with any natural disaster so that the victims of these tragedies could be duly compensated.
He said that he would soon personally meet the Prime Minister and urge him to immediately take a call on the issue.
The chief minister said the farmers of these regions were the most affected as their crops,which were ready for harvest,have been either washed away or destroyed in the floods,so special attention should be paid to them.
Badal said he would apprise the Prime Minister about the ground realities and urge him to help the peasants of the state by fixing the compensation amount at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre. He said that it was high time that the Union government lend a helping hand to the farmers of the state who had played a role in making the country self-reliant in food production and were now feeling disenchanted with the Centres blatant neglect of their woes.
Earlier,during his address in village Fatehpur Mannia and Tappa,the CM said that in order to avert any such tragedy in the future,a complete overhaul of the drainage system of the state was on the cards.
Badal said he had asked the drainage department to prepare a master plan for the the flood-affected regions before the next monsoon season,so that havoc due the rain water can be avoided.