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Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 : With Odisha incurring huge
loss of property and standing crops due to cyclone Phailin
and resultant floods, CPI(M) today demanded declaration of the situation as a National Calamity besides waiver of
agricultural loan for the year 2013-14.

“The devastation caused by Phailin be declared as a
National Calamity and the Central Government should shoulder
the lion’s share of the responsibility of relief and
restoration,” the CPI(M) in a memorandum to the Odisha
Governor said.

Stating that the central government should send a team
immediately to assess the loss, the CPI(M) said that the
people who have lost their houses in the calamity should be
provided with safe houses to be built at an expense of Rs 1
lakh each. The central government should share 90 per cent of
responsibility for the project, they said.

Asking the Centre to provide financial assistance of
Rs 12,000 per acre of crop loss, the Left party said that the
farmers need to be provided with free inputs and interest free agricultural loan.

The party also suggested several measures including
steps to check migration of affected people, employment for
artisans, support for students and others for the welfare of
the cyclone-flood affected districts.