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Floods have destroyed farmers’ crops; the government must compensate them: Ajay Kumar Lallu

Embankments were broken in districts, government’s negligence at its peak: Ajay Kumar Lallu

Lucknow/Kushinagar, 8 August 2020: Flood has wreaked havoc in many districts of the state. Farmers’ paddy and sugarcane crops are marooned. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded that the state government must give compensation to the farmers with immediate effect so that they get some relief in this hour of disaster.

In a statement, UPCC chief Mr Ajay Kumar Lallu said that for a week he has been taking stock of the situation in flood hit areas. From Bahraich to Balia, the situation is quite alarming. At many places, the condition of the embankments is very pathetic, which clearly shows the negligence on the part of the government. Bhikharipur Sakror is broken in Tarabganj. The condition of Elgin Charsadi embankment worsens every year. Bhikharipur embankment was damaged in 2018 as well. This year Rs 70 crore was released for its repair work. Rivers like Ghagra, Saryu, Rapti, Kuano and Sharda have caused havoc in the state. Many people have lost their lives in different parts of the state including Lakhimpur and Ayodhya due to rain, floods and overflowing rivers.

UPCC chief Mr Ajay Kumar Lallu said that the flood has caused huge loss to people’s wealth and resources. The government must help them immediately. He said the crops of paddy and sugarcane are marooned in many districts including Gonda, Bahraich, Balrampur, Shravasti, Barabanki, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Mau and Azamgarh. Heavy rains have caused huge damages in many districts. In those districts, crops have been destroyed.

He said that for many years farmers of the state have been victims of natural calamities and anti-farmer policies of the government. There is no money in their pockets. The government must declare floods as a calamity and compensate the farmers for their loss of properties and corps.