Monday, November 28, 2022

Mnp CPI seeks help for farmers hit by drought

Correspondent

Manipur CPI’s demand for compensation to farmers hit hard by drought and fertilizer scarcity gained momentum when more farmers of the state joined its campaign on Sunday.
Expressing grave concern over the plights of farmers hit hard by drought and fertilizer scarcity, Communist Party of India (CPI), Manipur State Council has been pressing the Manipur government to provide relief to them.
CPI Manipur State Council secretary L Sotinkumar said, “It is unfortunate for the government to turn a blind eye over the situation even as the state is staring at a possible famine,” he said.
He informed that the party demanded that the state government provide Rs 30,000 compensation per Sangam to the affected farmers and demanded that the state government convene a special session of the state legislative Assembly to declare drought as well as provide compensation to the affected farmers.
The proposed special session, the state government must also table a long term policy for the farmers, he demanded.
Furthering its demand, the CPI staged a sit-in-protest at Keirao in Imphal East district today where farmers of the area took part in.
Farmers of the state were slated to face crop failure resulting in loss of investment and hard labour and the state government was doing nothing for the relief of the farmers, L Sonitkumar said.
The CPI leader lamented that this season paddy fields in most parts of the state were facing severe water scarcity due to no rain for successive months.
He alleged that the state government, particularly the state irrigation department did nothing to provide water and the agriculture department did not provide fertilizers, particularly Urea to the farmers on time.
Owing to these factors, over 95 per cent of the paddy crops in fields in the state have failed and the farmers have lost their investments and hard labour, he added.

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