Vijayamma writes to PM on flood relief

Hyderabad, Nov 10,

YSR Congress Party today wrote to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
requesting the Centre to come to the immediate rescue of farmers and artisans
who have lost their crops and property due to the Nilam cyclone and the
subsequent floods that ravaged the state from Nov 1 to 4.

In a letter faxed to
PM, party honourary President Smt. Y. S. Vijayamma sought the Centre to ensure
that crop loans with interest should be waived and fresh loans offered to fully
affected farmers including tenant farmers besides supplying seeds for the Rabi
crop at 75% subsidy.

Addressing media
persons at the party central office here, party MLC Jupudi Prabhakara Rao said
Vijayamma also sought an appointment with the PM at the earliest so that a
party delegation would meet him to seek financial help to the flood victims.

In the letter, Vijayamma
sought that loans of Self Help Groups (SHGs) be rescheduled without interest by
six months in the flood-hit areas and 25 per cent of the insurance amount paid
to all eligible farmers.

While ensuring
procurement of discolored and partly damaged agricultural produce by its
agencies, the fully affected farmers including tenant farmers should be paid a
minimum compensation of Rs.10,000 per acre from Calamity Relief Fund as per the
recommendations of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda Committee, she requested in the

Vijayamma also requested the PM to raise the
ex-gratia to Rs.3 lakh each to families of those killed and reconstruct the
damaged houses in the floods, Prabhakara Rao said.

Vijayamma requested the PM to help the victims
immediately through ration supplies partially and through financial
compensation partially. Besides compensating the cattle growers who lost their
live stock with financial help, rural artisans and fishermen also should be
compensated to make up for the losses suffered by them in the floods, she
requested in the letter.

Vijayamma told the PM that Central and state
Governments should come to the rescue of the people as 31 persons died , 41,000
houses and crops in 20 lakh acres were damaged, 670 cattle and 7000 birds were
killed in the floods. 

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