Drought Relief Inadequate In Rajasthan as per Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will make a two-day tour of Rajasthan from Monday to take stock of the famine and drought relief measures of the BJP government, the PCC chief said on Saturday.

At Jaisalmer, she will undertake a visit to four villages to make assessment of the drought relief work in progress since January 1.

Speaking to reporters here after visiting several villages around the city to assess the functioning of drought relief works, Gandhi said: ‘In spite of the fact that the union government does not discriminate between states when it comes to providing assistance for drought relief, it is sad the Rajasthan government has failed in its duty to provide relief to the drought affected people.’

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president B.D. Kalla accompanied Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state.

Gandhi said that Rajasthan, where 22 of the 32 districts were facing drought, was getting much more relief assistance than other states.

‘When I visited villages, labourers complained to me about disparity in wages. They are not being equally paid, the relief management is poor and facilities in the relief camps are insufficient,’ she pointed out.


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