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Bhopal: Declaring 82 tehsils being drought-hit, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday assured farmers of his government’s support in this need of the hour and announced early disbursal of relief funds.

Talking to reporters here, Chouhan said he found due to no rains and crop diseases about 19,900 villages of the state’s 23 districts crops have been affected. Earlier, 32 tehsils were declared drought-hit, pushing the presently tally to 114 thus far.

Assuring farmers to not lose hope, the chief minister said the government presently has around Rs.1,000 crore for their help and if required it would be raised to Rs.2,000 -Rs.3,000 crore soon.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister presided over a meeting of officials and directed for evaluating the drought-hit areas. He also directed to provide relief funds to all affected farmers at the earliest and suspend crop debt recovery from drought-hit farmers.

Meanwhile, a debt-ridden and crop loss-hit farmer, 45, committed suicide by hanging himself with a tree in Baitul district.

A police official told reporters that a tribal village was found hanging in a field, two days after he left home. His 15-year-old daughter said her father had mentioned about his heavy debt and crop loss and thus left to meet her mother who works in Maharashtra.

(IANS)

 

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25 Transfers in 13 Years : ‘KBC Wali Madam’ Turns ‘Transfer Wali Madam’

Amita Singh Tomar, the now-harassed woman officer, has no corruption charges against her

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Bhopal, July 16, 2017: Conventionally, the average duration of a government officer’s stay in a posting has been around three years. But here is a woman officer who has been transferred 25 times in 13 years, that too without being assigned any reason for her being frequently shifted.

Amita Singh Tomar, the now-harassed woman officer, has no corruption charges against her.

The keen-watchers of the TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) might recall the way Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan was impressed with her as she went on answering the questions to win Rs 50 lakh in 2011.

Posted as Tehsildar in Biaora in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district, Tomar has now been transferred to Sidhi district.

Upset with the decision of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, she tweeted: “This is my 25th transfer in 13 years of my career. Whenever I got transferred, I was sent 500 km away.”

Tomar told IANS on Friday that when applications were sought for transfer, she had opted for a transfer to the Gwalior-Chambal division, but she had been transferred to Sidhi instead.

She has now written to senior state officials and even approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Twitter to apprise him of her ordeal.

“I won Rs 50 lakh in the TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)’ in 2011 and the people then began to recognise me as ‘KBC Wali Madam’. But now I am known as ‘Transfer Wali Madam’ because of constant transfers,” she said.

Incidentally, Tomar has hit the headlines in the past as well, for reasons other than her frequent transfers.

During her posting in Raoti in Ratlam district in June 2016, she had written in Facebook: “When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Afghanistan then the people there carrying the Indian national flag in their hands raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.”

In the next lines, the woman officer requested PM Modi to launch a “Rajiv Gandhi Suicide Plan”, so that the Congressmen and those following secular ideology could commit suicide after reading such reports.

A controversy had then erupted over her Facebook post, following which she was transferred to Rajgarh district. (IANS)

 

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