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Bhopal: Farmers cry foul at state level convention

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BHOPAL: More than 50 percent of the tents remained vacant at the state level farmers’ convention held at Jamboree Maidan on Monday. The government had made arrangements to accommodate two lakh farmers. But about 50,000 turned up at the programme. The chief minister and other ministers kept on delaying the programme because of short gathering.

The programme started 1.30 hours late. Sources said that people were called from nearby districts in buses from Raisen, Vidisha and Sehore to fill the venue. “The CM is telling lie, till date, I haven’t got any money of crop insurance and also under Bhavantar scheme,” alleged Seetaram Patel from Damoh district. Hundreds of farmers were seen carrying complaints in their hand about the non payment of the crop insurance money.

Another farmer Ramchandar from Iklehra in Rajgarh district said, “In 600 villages, not even a rupee is given for crop insurance. Chief minister is claiming that he had given crores of rupees.” The police pushed him out from programme venue. When agriculture minister Gourishankar Bisen and chief minister were busy delivering their speeches, the annoyed farmers were raising voice to say that they did not get relief. The police made huge effort to calm down the farmers.