Driven on the back foot after a Dalit guy died of alleged hunger in drought-hit Bundelkhand, Uttar leaderMinister Akhilesh Yadav on past due Wednesday night announced Rs five lakh as in gratia repayment to the deceased’s relations.

The country authorities additionally ordered an inquiry into the reported hunger loss of life of Nathu Prasad (forty), a resident of Aila village in Naraini tehsil of Banda on Wednesday.

Mr. Yadav’s movement got here after heavy grievance from competition parties who accused theauthorities of failing to offer right alleviation to drought-affected people. Fifty districts of Uttar Pradesh,including all seven of Bundelkhand, currently reel beneath drought.

whilst no longer terming it a case of starvation, Mr. Yadav expressed his grief at Nathu Prasad’s loss of lifeunderneathunusual occasions.” Nathu Prasad’s circle of relatives claimed he had now not eaten forfour days. A probe is directly to achieve the overall details of the case and chief Secretary Alok Ranjan has given District magistrate Banda Yogesh Kumar 24 hours to submit his report.

Coming down closely on officials for laxity in drought alleviation measures, Mr. Ranjan has warned them tomake sure that are no starvation deaths. In case such incidents are said, the worried district magistratewould be held accountable, a central authority spokesperson stated.

The authorities had to this point been patting its own back for drought alleviation measures but theincident has driven it at the defensive. As information of the alleged starvation demise broke, the BJP hadreleased an attack on the SP government saying that it had didn’t provide alleviation to drought-hithuman beings in Bundelkhand. BJP country president Keshav Prasad Maurya described the “hungerdemisesad and shameful. He stated the country government was not critical in getting the reliefdespatched by using the Centre to the deserved beneficiaries in Bundelkhand.

In a meeting with officials of various drought-affected districts, Mr. Ranjan additionally expressed his displeasure at the gradual charge of distribution of finances—out of the Rs 867 crore allocated asalleviation most effective Rs fifty two crore were up to now dispensed within the affected districts. Mr. Ranjan has given the district magistrates of the affected districts 10 days to ensure the distribution of therelaxation of the finances to farmers. He additionally entreated officials to ensure that as a minimumone pond turned into stored alive in all villages in order that animals did no longer die of thirst.

The SP authorities said it became providing Samajwadi Drought relief food packets to 2.30 lakh Antodyaya households. additionally, beneath the meals security Act, which turned into implementedremaining month, the beneficiaries might get loose food for 4 months. The authorities stated that to solvethe consuming water disaster in the parched area, it had introduced installation of 3226 India Mark-2 handpumps in the seven districts. extra than 400 water tankers have also been set in movement, a government spokesperson said. last week, the authorities also launched Rs 102 as comfort to farmers in 12 districts in which crops have been damaged due to hailstorm. The list consists of a few districts of Bundelkhand. at the same time as farmers in Banda could get Rs. 3.28 crore, Mahoba will get Rs. 4.28 crore, Hamirpur Rs. 7.87 crore and Jalaun Rs. 38.fifty seven crore as compensation.