Centre not releasing funds for rain-hit MP farmers: Minister

Bhopal, Nov 22 (PTI) A Madhya Pradesh minister onFriday said the Centre was subjecting the state to step-motherly treatment in allocating funds for farmers affected byheavy rains.

MP Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav said the BJP-ledUnion government had disbursed funds to Karnataka and Bihar,where the saffron party is part of the ruling dispensation.

'The Centre has released funds to BJP ruled statesKarnataka and Bihar, but despite two visits of the Centralteam here, Madhya Pradesh is yet to get relief funds from theCentre,' he told reporters here.

Yadav said the state has sought Rs 6,621 crore fromthe Centre as 55 lakh farmers have been affected due toexcessive rains, and crops over an area of 60 lakh hectareshave been destroyed.

He claimed MP's farmers have not got benefits of theCentre's Crop Insurance Scheme, despite the state depositingits share of Rs 509 crore in the scheme.

Instead, he said, the Centre is demanding dues of Rs2,300 crore, which was not paid by the previous BJP governmentin the state.

'MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath has already met PrimeMinister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah inthis regard. The BJP-led Centre has been insensitive tofarmers of Madhya Pradesh just because it is ruled by theCongress,' he alleged.

Yadav said the Centre had not disbursed old dues of Rs1,107 crore to farmers under the Bhavantar Yojana either.

He claimed the Centre has issued a circular preventingstates from offering bonus to farmers.

'The MP government has decided to give bonus of Rs 160per quintal to farmers and the move is under process,' headded.

Speaking on progress of the Kamal Nath government'sfarm loan waiver in MP, Yadav said loans worth Rs 7,000 croreof over 20 lakh farmers had been written off and the secondphase, covering another 12 lakh farmers, will be launchedsoon. PTI ADU MASBNM BNM