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Dr. Daljit Cheema urges Capt Amarinder to give package reflecting enormity of loss in floods

Chandigarh, August 19, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Former minister Daljit Singh Cheema today demanded an appropriate compensation package reflecting the enormity of the calamity which had befallen farmers of Punjab due to rampant flooding in several districts of the State.

In a statement here, Dr Daljit Cheema said it was unfortunate the Congress government was following a piece meal approach while terming the relief announced by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh as completely inadequate to deal with the damage caused by flooding due to intense rains since the last three days.

The SAD leader said around twenty villages in Ropar had suffered extensive damage with paddy crop being destroyed even as flood waters entered entire villages. He said villages of Khairabad, Gurdaspura, Phul Kalan, Phul Khurd, Budhabhaura, Chak Dhehra, Baterla, Madhopur, Tibba Tapprian and Ranjitpura had witnessed huge losses in residential areas. “Flood waters have entered houses destroying furniture and weakening walls which have developed cracks. Besides this food grains stored in houses have been destroyed”.

The former minister called for emergent steps to provide relief to the people including an interim package. He said special allocation should be made to repair road and the administration should take steps to provide green fodder to affected villages.

Dr Cheema toured affected villages on tractor and interacted with farmers besides supervising flood relief operations in league with Akali volunteers.

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