Cgarh Assembly session starts; Guv mentions drought relief

first_imgRaipur, Mar 1 (PTI) TheBudgetsessionof Chhattisgarh Assembly today started with GovernorBalramji Das Tandons speech, while the opposition Congress alleged that the BJP government was ignoring the welfare of farmers and labourers.During Tandons address, Congress MLAs raised the issue of non-payment of wages under MNREGA and failure to hike MSP for paddy.The Governor said the last year was challenging due to the country-wide drought; the state faced its first drought in the last 12years.”For the first time, the state government included the word drought in the list of natural calamities underRevenue BookCircular to ensure relief for farmers,” he said.”Under MNREGA, days of employment were increased from 150 to 200. Land revenue and water taxes were waived, relief was given on agricultural loan (repayment), free distribution of seeds for (the next seasons) paddy crop,freepower supply upto9,000 unitsforagricultural pumps,special diesel aid and several other measures were undertaken,” he said.Under the Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana,the government hiked the financial aid for marriage of the daughters of drought-affected farmers from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000, he said.In all, the drought-affected farmers were given help to the tune of around Rs 2,000 crore, Tandon said.The Governor also hailed the security forces efforts to root out Naxalism and said the state is marching towards “a decisive battle” against the rebels. (More) PTI TKP KRK IKAlast_img