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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two Persons Died in Storm, Mausam Noor Demands Compensati​on from Central Government

MALDA, 22 MAY: Demanding relief and compensation for the hailstorm victims of north Malda the state Youth Congress (YC) president and Malda North MP Mausam Noor has written a letter to the Union agriculture minister. Political observers believe that though Noor sent a copy of the letter to state agriculture minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya, she has actually no faith in the state government and that is why she has sought help from the Union government. Noor has, however, claimed that she didn’t have any such intention. Meanwhile, two persons died today in severe tempest that hit Kaliachak III blck this afternoon.

It has been two persons were killed as a storm hit Kaliachak III block this afternoon. Suleman Sheikh (45) and Sintu Sheikh (26) of Guljartola village under Binnagar I gram panchayet died being buried under the mud wall that collapsed with the storm. Block development officer Suman Biswas said, “Two persons have died and we’re trying to get their details officially.” Biswas informed that Binnagar I gram panchayet was mainly affected in today’s storm.

This may be mentioned that a more severe hailstorm  hit the district on 6 April this year. More than 30,000 people were affected besides immense damage of cultivation of mango, paddy, and wheat, maize and jute. Though the district administrations claimed relief was provided immediately and in adequate quantity, the victims alleged that the claim was far from truth.

Noor in her letter has said, “I visited most of the affected areas and witnessed the misery and helplessness of the farmers.” She informed that some of the victims’ plight was beyond endurance and they had told her that they had no other option but to end their lives. She requested the Union minister for agriculture to provide compensation for the damaged crops to the farmers of her constituency.

Political observers said that Mrs Noor, who has been speaking against the state government on almost all occasions, did not find it suitable to seek aid from them. Hence, her letter to the Union minister. 

But Noor said, “Such speculations are not correct. The state government itself is claiming that they are running short of money. Hence, there’s nothing wrong in seeking aid from the Union government.” “One of my parliament colleagues from Haryana also sought fund from the Union government to solve the problem of her constituency. So, I have done nothing new,” she clarified.

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