Bhopal: Opposition Congress slammed Madhya Pradesh's BJP Government over not providing any relief to farmers affected by the recent hailstorm.

Talking to reporters in Bhopal on Thursday, State Congress President Kantilal Bhuria said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's visit to around a dozen hailstorm-affected areas was
nothing but a "drama".

Instead of getting an early survey conducted to assess the damage and give adequate compensation to farmers, Chouhan was busy visiting New Delhi on Thursday, he said.

Bhuria on Thursday led a Congress team which toured Betul and Shajapur districts and interacted with affected agriculturists. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh, Congress MP Sajjan Singh Verma and party MLA Sanjay Pathak were among members of the team.

The team members assured the farmers that the Congress will make all attempts to ensure they got proper aid for the losses suffered by them.

Around 2,44,615 hectares of land in 3,190 villages of 31 districts had been affected by the hailstorm, according to a survey conducted by the State Revenue Department. The hailstorm, which occurred in various parts of the state between March 14 and 17, caused damage to crops worth about Rs 893.93 crore, it said.


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