The Odisha unit of the BJP on Friday slammed the State government for not setting a definite time limit to provide financial assistance to compensate the farmers affected by Cyclone Yaas that hit the State on May 26.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the package a day before.
"The State government has announce special package for farmers in different categories who have been affected by 'Yaas'. But no time limit has been set for it and as a result of which the beneficiaries are being deprived of the much-needed financial assistance," said senior BJP leader Manmohan Samal while addressing the media persons.
"Even cyclone Fani affected people are yet to be provided with the financial assistance announced by the State government despite being two years since the disaster struck. When will the Yaas affected people get the assistance? questioned Samal raising doubt over the intention of the government.
"Earlier, Chief Minister had announced to provide cooked food to the people affected in cyclone and flood. But no cooked food was served to the people," he said adding than many people across the State are still stranded in the cyclone centers and the government should take immediate steps to provide them permanent shelters.
As per the announcement by the Chief Minister, an input subsidy of Rs 6,800 per hectare will be given to small, nominal farmers with over 33% crop damage in un-irrigated land while the input subsidy is Rs 13,500/ha in the irrigated land. Similarly, Rs 18,000/ha will be given for land growing year-round crops.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)