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Manmohan meets dead farmers' families

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | July 01, 2004 14:08 IST
Last Updated: July 01, 2004 14:47 IST

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked public sector banks to provide employment to at least one family member of those farmers who have committed suicide because they were unable to repay their farm loans.

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Addressing the affected families at Somayajulapalle village in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, the prime minister announced an assistance of Rs 50,000 to
each family from the Union government. This would be in addition to the assistance of Rs 1,50,000 per family announced by the state government recently.

Moved by the plight of the affected families, Dr Singh said that though he could not compensate their loss, he would do his utmost to provide all necessary assistance to to ensure education for their children.

The prime minister sanctioned 100 houses to "homeless" families in the village under the Indira Awaas Yojana. He also announced a package of Rs 1.45 crore to help the village.

The package includes the construction of a minor irrigation tank and upgrade of an upper primary school to a high school. He sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for construction of village roads and drainage system. He also announced a dedicated water supply scheme for the village at a cost of Rs10 lakh.

Earlier, the PM visited a photo exhibition organised by the state government on drought and the problems faced by agriculture sector.

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Sub: Compensation for next of kin of dead farmers

Why should the PM ask the public sector banks to offer the employment. Where are our rich private sector companies?

Posted by cm

Sub: Plus que change, plus que meme

One expected better from Dr. Singh... PSU jobs on compassionate grounds - ugh!

Posted by Rahul Bhimjiani

Sub: Good work!

I think this is a welcome gesture from our new Prime Minister. But I as a citizen of India like to give him some homework. ...

Posted by Amit

Sub: Relief

Why doesnt the Prime Minister Appoint Honest Official Overseers to visit Places at random and ensure that funds allocated for the specific purpose of drought ...

Posted by Gerry

Sub: A timely move

What the PM offered to farmers of AP is a right step. As he rightly pointed out he cannot compensate the loss caused to the ...

Posted by apparao


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