BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, interacting with the journalists at state Assembly on Tuesday, said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was not ready to spare five minutes to hear the problems being faced by the farmers of the state. Chauhan said that he had gone to Delhi to see the President Pranab Mukherjee.

He also sought time to meet the Prime Minister about the farmers whose crops have damaged in the hailstorm. Chauhan claimed that Prime Minister despite his presence in the national capital did not give him appointment. Chauhan alleged that Central government had lost sensitivity. He alleged that it seems that the UPA government wants to kill the state farmers.

Chauhan alleged that the attitude of Central government was against the federal spirit of the constitution and that is why he has been compelled to stage agitation. He said farmers are committing suicides and taking to the streets and the state government would offer help to the farmers.

Chauhan said the state government has sanctioned Rs 2000 crore and if needed, Rs 4000 crore would also be given and there would be no financial constraint on helping the farmers. Chauhan said the process of estimating damage caused to crops in the state is going on and the situation coming to the fore is agonising.

He said this natural calamity is also a national calamity and the Central government must support the farmers in times of crises. Chauhan alleged that crop insurance scheme is also faulty as it is benefiting insurance companies and not the farmers.

Why state govt is not giving relief?

Congress MLA Mukesh Nayak, commenting on the allegation of chief minister of Centre’s indifferent attitude said that the state government is avoiding giving relief. Nayak said when the government gets Rs 3300 crore as tax from the state, it should not have any problem in distributing Rs 2000 crore.

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