Thursday, June 19, 2008

Salwa Judum upsetting agri-activities in Chhattisgarh: Jogi

Raipur, June 18: Opposition Congress on Wednesday said Salwa Judum (anti-Naxal movement by local people) had grossly affected the agriculture production in Maoist affected Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh.

''This is the third consecutive year the agriculture production in Dantewada district is grossly affected due to Salwa Judum,'' former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister of Congress Ajit Jogi said in a statement here.

The villagers of the Salwa Judum affected districts are solely dependent on government assistance after the anti-Naxal movement upset the agriculture activities, he said.

''Since the people of those areas are sitting idle, both the left wing extremists and the administration should ensure that agriculture activities start from this year,'' he said.

The senior Congress leader also said the Salwa Judum activists as well as Maoists should not create obstacles for villagers for cultivation, he said.

Jogi also said since the farmers had no seeds or bulls to start agriculture activities, the state government should also provide the bulls and seeds to the villagers to make them self sufficient once again.

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