Lucknow: The BJP on Saturday claimed that the damage caused due to the last month's dust and thunderstorm in Orai and Hamirpur districts of Uttar Pradesh was "five times" higher than the government estimates and demanded adequate compensation for the affected farmers.

Former state president Surya Pratap Shahi told reporters here that a team led by him went to take stock of damage caused by the thunderstorm in two districts of Bundelkhand region in April, and found that devastation
caused was much higher than the government estimates.

"I talked to around 5,000 affected farmers in two districts and as per my estimate loss due to natural calamity is five times higher than the government assessment," he said.

He alleged that revenue minister Ambika Chaudhary had promised to open government coffers to help farmers and other victims, but in reality adequate compensation has not been paid even after 20 days.

Shahi demanded that the government should pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the calamity and compensation for crop at the rate of Rs 25,000 per acre.


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