DM would be held for starvation deaths in Bundelkhand :Akhilesh

Lucknow,May 5- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has issued an instruction asking officers to extend help to drought-hit people of Bundelkhand on a war-footing by providing them foodgrains and water saying that in case of starvation deaths district magistrate would be held responsible. “The officials should ensure that poor gets Samajwadi food relief packets under Food Security Act. This free distribution should continue for four months,” Mr Yadav said in a statement here today. While reviewing the relief operation being carried out in seven districts, Mr Yadav said all 2.30 lakh families under Antodaya programmes should get food packets under Samajwadi relief packet schemes. “No one should die of hunger. In case of starvation deaths DM of the concerned district would be held responsible. Mr Yadav said that poor should be given 150 days work instead of 100 days under MNREGA. Besides, the whole of Bundelkhand should get 24x7 electricity so that state –run tube wells should operate so that farmers could get water. In the meeting CM was informed about setting up of 5786 hand pumps and release of Rs Rs 9.94 crore for purchase of 440 water tanks. The Chief Minister has written a letter to Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati requesting her to provide 10,000 water tankers so to ferry water to the water starved villages of Bundelkhand. “Despite lack of rains in two sessions reservoirs still have water. The state does not have enough water tankers. If centre can provide tankers water from these reservoirs could be taken to parched villages,’ Yadav said in his letter sent today to the Ms Bharati. He said if Centre can provide 10,000 tankers the water crisis could be solved to large extent. “we do not need water train but want tankers,”he said.

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