Ensure practical measures for relief to farmers

CM Mr. Chouhan directs at emergency meeting

lead19.10.15Bhopal, October 19, 2015 (Muslim Saleem):   Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that tears will not be allowed in eyes of farmers in their hour of crisis. He directed officers to ensure arrangements for providing every possible assistance and maximum relief immediately to farmers. Mr. Chouhan was holding discussions with Agriculture, Revenue, Cooperatives, Energy and Finance departments here today. He said that along with traditional arrangements, proper relief should also be provided to farmers with a liberal viewpoint.

He asked officers of Agriculture, Revenue, Cooperatives, Energy and Finance departments to chalk out a proposal in this regard and put it up in next Agriculture Cabinet so that it can be enforced at the earliest. The chief Minister said that productivity of soybean and pulses crops has come down in unprecedented manner his year. Therefore, top priority should be attached to make timely relief available to farmers. Memorandum for relief should be sent immediately to Central Government. Memorandum should be prepared jointly by Revenue, Agriculture and Finance departments.

He directed Energy Department officers to explore possibilities to give relief to farmers who have taken permanent electricity connections. Cooperatives Department officers were directed for adequate increase in fiscal dynamism to provide financial assistance to farmers. He directed to ensure continuous power supply. Mr. Chouhan directed Revenue Department officers for effective arrangements for practical assessment of drought. He said that assessment on the basis of rains will not practical this year. Innovations should be made in this regard.

Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa, ACS Finance Mr. A.P. Shrivastava, Agriculture Production Commissioner Mr. P.C. Meena, Principal Secretary Revenue Mr. K.K. Singh, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Cooperatives Mr. Ajit Kesari, Principal Secretary New & Renewable Energy Mr. Manu Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to CM Mr. S.K. Mishra and other senior officers attended the meeting.