CONG SEEKS BALANGIR DECLARED DROUGHT-HIT
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
A Congress team led by former Union Minister Kahnu Charan Lenka on Monday urged the State Government to declare Balangir district as drought-affected as crops in most parts of the district have been damaged due to scanty rainfall.
"I visited Sadeipali and Baidipali gram panchyats. The crop situation in Balangir is really grim," Lenka said, adding, "Although officially this district has suffered a crop loss of 50 per cent, actual percentage would more than 80 per cent. Only crops grown in Bahal (low) land would give a good harvest."
He demanded that the Government should declare the district drought-hit and give compensation of `0,000 per acre. Apprehending that many people would migrate to outside people for work, Lenka too urged the Government to provide adequate support to farmers to undertake Rabi cultivation on time. He alleged that there is no truth about the Agriculture Minister's statement that seeds for Rabi cultivation have been sent to gram panhayats.
"The Deputy Director Agriculture office here reveals a total opposite picture and seeds have not been arrived excepting a few bags of Mung seeds," said Lenka.