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Congress delegation meets CM, seeks compensation

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Published : Aug 15, 2019, 2:43 am IST
Updated : Aug 15, 2019, 2:43 am IST

The government has not even issued any clarification, the Congress said.

Balasaheb Thorat
 Balasaheb Thorat

Mumbai: Following the deluge ravaging large swathes of Western Maharashtra, the Congress has demanded that farmers in flood-hit areas be compensated Rs 60,000 per hectare towards crop losses and their loans be completely waived.

A delegation led by Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and comprising former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Vijay Wadettiwar and deputy leader in the state Assembly Nasim Khan among others, met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Sahyadri guest house Wednesday and also urged him to help the people in Marathwada, which is facing a drought-like situation. The delegation gave a charter of 11 demands to Mr Fadnavis.

A statement issued by the Congress read, “Owing to the floods, a huge loss of lives and finance has taken place. Farmers, traders and common men have borne serious losses. Therefore, the government should provide assistance on a large scale to the flood-affected people.”

As Marathwada received almost no rainfall, the Congress demanded that the government declare drought in the region and provide financial assistance. Parts of Western and Northern Maharashtra and the Konkan region have been hit by floods. However, the central government has not declared a “L3 category” disaster in the state.

The government has not even issued any clarification, the Congress said.

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