SS Ray raises concern for distressed farmers due to incessant rains and the plight of potato farmers of WB | Transcript

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Sir, on behalf of the All India Trinamool Congress, I share the concern of the Hon’ble Members. Due to untimely incessant rain and hail storms in different part of the country, including the districts of South Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Purba Medinipur in the State of West Bengal, vast agricultural lands are affected and huge quantity of crops like wheat, pulses, potato, paddy and fruits have been destroyed.

This has caused unbearable suffering and irreparable losses to the farmers.

As a result and effect, many farmers could not bear the shock of the vagaries of the nature and died out of heart attack.

Sir, the situation is undoubtedly alarming. Hence some financial package must be announced by the Central Government towards relief and rehabilitation of the affected farmers without further loss of time.

Sir, at the same time, I would like to invite the attention of the Central Government to the plight of the potato farmers in West Bengal who have been subjected to distress. They are not getting remunerative prices of potato. Although the Government of West Bengal has taken special measures to arrest the situation, I would like to request through you, Hon’ble Minister to take stock of the situation and if possible, some financial assistance should be given to the State Government so that more steps can be taken in this regard.

Thank you.