Expressing concern over loss of winter crops due to untimely rainfall in northern and central India, CPI Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of chief ministers concerned to work out a relief package for affected farmers.
CPI noted that besides financial damages for farmers, the rains are also likely to cause social distress as "lakhs of marriages are being called off" or postponed following the losses and insisted the Centre should take speedy measures.
"The prime minister must call immediately meeting of chief ministers of all states concerned to work out a package at war-level.
"It is an emergency situation for farmers. You waive corporate tax. But you will have to help distressed farmers first," Atul Anjan, who heads CPI’s All-India Kisan Sabha, said.
According to him, untimely rains have caused "devastation" in major food producing states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, where crops of mustard and wheat have been hit hard.
He expressed apprehension that the damages to mustard crop may result in rising oil prices and urged the Centre to intervene.
The CPI leader said hailstorm in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh has affected horticulture there.
"In Gangetic plain, farmers’ life is dependent on mustard and wheat which has been hit completely. This is going to create social anarchy. Lakhs of marriages scheduled in May and June in rural areas are being called off or postponed after the rainfall. So, Centre should intervene," he added.