Yogendra Yadav, psephologist and former AAP leader said the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh is in urgent need of relief measures, as it is reeling under consecutives droughts for the fourth time. According to him, the situation is worrisome and if it doesn’t rain this year and corrective measures are not adopted, the area would face famine.
A 30-member team of Swaraj Abhiyan (a group formed by Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and other ousted AAP leaders) visited 30-40 villages of Bundelkhand in MP across Datia, Tikamgarh, Panna, Chhattarpur, Sagar and Damoh districts last week.
The team found out that water bodies had dried up, and there is no grass and fodder for the cattle which are being abandoned by owners. “The crops were ruined for the fourth consecutive time due to different reasons,” Yadav said, adding in the current Rabi season a huge number of farmers had not sown anything.
Mr. Yadav claimed that the Rs 7,000-crore package for Bundelkhand announced by the UPA government at the behest of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had gone down the drain. According to the group, there was severe unemployment, no work was available under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and people were migrating.