Bhubaneswar, Jan 07 (Agencies): Accusing both ruling BJD and opposition Congress in Orissa of doing politics over the plight of rain-hit farmers, CPI(M) on Friday said that the Centre should have released interim relief for the affected peasants before sending a team to assess damages.

While the Centre released Rs 400 crore and Rs 600 crore as interim relief for farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra respectively, it 'deliberately' delayed assistance to Orissa by sending a team to assess the damage, CPI(M) state secretary Janardan Pati said.

Stating that both BJD and Congress had been trying to take 'political mileage' from the farmers' miseries, Pati also added that the State Government should consult peasant organisations and political parties to assist those affected.

Terming the Orissa government's package for rain-hit farmers as 'grossly inadequate' the letter, written to Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, demanded Rs 10,000 per acre of non-irrigated land and Rs 25,000 per acre of multi-crop land in view of the 'massive damage' to kharif crops due to the unseasonal rains late last year.