Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16:
The citizens of the undivided Koraput district have urged Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take special measures to provide proper compensation to every cyclone-hit family at the earliest.
Stating that the cyclonic storm Hudhud has caused unprecedented damage to life, property and livelihood of the people of Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts in the backward KBK region, the citizens, in a signed letter to the chief minister today, said the state government needs to be proactive and take utmost care in reaching out to the affected people with help because the people, mostly tribal, are neither vocal nor too demanding, even though they are in dire need of urgent support from the administration.
” A number of houses have collapsed or partly damaged. The small and marginal farmers as well as medium and large farmers have suffered massive crop losses in cereals, particularly paddy, ragi, minor millets, maize, pulses, horticultural crops like tamarind, mango, cash crops like cashew, coffee, cotton, pepper etc. Live stock deaths of cows, bullocks, goats, sheep and poultry has been experienced by thousands of citizens which is also unprecedented in the history of Koraput region. Tubewells and pipe water supply systems have been damaged to a great extent, ” the letter said.
Apart from demanding proper compensation, they also urged the chief minister to dovetail NREGA works plans to restore public and private properties devastated by Cyclone Hudhud.
Besides, special provisions have to be made in respect of IAY and ‘Mo Kudia’ for the poorer sections of the communities whose houses were severely damaged, they pointed out.
The citizens also sought special assistance for supply of seeds, fertilizers and other inputs to small and marginal farmers for rabi and the next kharif crop to restore their livelihoods.
While requesting the chief minister to take up the measures on a war-footing, in line with the Andhra Pradesh government, they laid emphasis on formulation of a long-term action plan with immediate effect to ensure livelihood support to the affected lot and what is more important prevent starvation deaths.
The citizens’ letter comes in the wake of reports that the government agencies have not been responsive to the immediate needs of the affected people in the undivided Koraput district.