Shillong, Jun 8: Shillong, Lok Sabha MP, Vincent Pala on Tuesday requested Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to consider enhancing the necessary financial assistance to the farmers and daily labourers of Meghalaya who are suffering during the lock down.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Pala said that recently the Central goverment released Rs.20,000 crores under the Prime Minister Kisan Scheme for the benefits of 9.5 crores farmers across the country.
According to the data available, only 8967 farmers from Meghalaya received the direct benefit transfer instalment at the rate of Rs.2000 each amounting to Rs. 1,79,34,000 the lowest amongst all the Northeastern states.
According to the Shillong MP, 85 percent of the population of Meghalaya are farmers.
“Therefore, if only 8967 farmers have been provided financial assisted under this flagship programmed – PM-Kisan Scheme, by the Government of India, then, the Government of India has done a grave injustice to the farmers of this state,” Pala said.
“I urge you to personally instruct your good office to kindly provide sufficient funds and necessary assistance to the poor farmers of Meghalaya who in majority are Indigenous Tribal to enable them to sustain themselves and their families during this pandemic,” he added.
Meanwhile, on the special economic packages announced by the centre which focuses on the economic benefit of the labourers, farmers, and the cottage industry amounting to Rs.20 Lakh Crores to tide over the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
PalaIl requested the Prime Minister to release adequate funds to Meghalaya to provide necessary assistance to the skilled and unskilled labourers, the daily wage earners, the domestic workers, the taxi and sumo drivers, and other un- organized workers who depended on their daily livelihood.
“It is sad to mention that the much-needed financial assistance to these group of workers have not been released nor paid by the state government since last year,” Pala stated.