• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE SAID TO HAVE STARVED TO DEATH IN ORISSA STATE IN INDIA.?

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE SAID TO HAVE STARVED TO DEATH IN ORISSA STATE IN INDIA. CAUSE OF THE FAMINE IS A DROUGHT THAT HAS STRUCK MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. ORISSA HAS NOT HAD ANY RAIN FOR MORE THAN 12 MONTHS AND THE ALREADY-SPARSE FARM LAND IS NOW COMPLETELY BARREN. THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED EMERGENCY RELIEF PLANS AND MORE THAN 30 OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE PLEDGED HELP.

    OPPOSITION MEMBERS IN THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT HAVE ALLEGED THAT ABOUT 500 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM STARVATION IN THE STATE AND THAT SOME 500,000 OTHER VILLAGERS HAVE SOLED UP EVERYTHING IN A VAST MIGRATION FROM THE AREA. ONE MEMBER CLAIMED THAT PEOPLE WERE CHEWING LEAVES AND EATING COWS - A MORTAL SIN FOR ORTHODOX HINDUS.

    A FORMER CHIEF MINISTER OF ORISSA, MR HARE KRISHNAN MAHTAB, SAID IN PARLIAMENT ON WEDNESDAY THAT WHAT HE HAD SEEN IN THE STATE WAS AS BAD AS THE GREAT 1943 BENGAL FAMINE, WHEN MILLIONS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE DIED.

    THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY THAT A BIG NEW RELIEF PROGRAMME FOR THE DROUGHT AREAS OF ORISSA HAD BEEN LAUNCHED. AS A FIRST STEP, BIG STOCKS OF SOGHUM GRAIN WERE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY FOR SALE AT SUBSIDISED PRICES. VITAMIN PILLS ARE TO BE DISTRIBUTED AND CHILDREN ARE TO BE GIVEN FREE MEALS DURING HOLIDAYS AS WELL AS DURING SCHOOL TERM.

    THERE IS TO BE SPECIAL FREE RELIEF FOR THE OLD, DISABLED AND SICK.

    AND, IN AN EFFORT TO RECLAIM THE LAND THAT HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY THE DROUGHT, THE GOVERNMENT WILL LEND BULLOCKS OR TRACTORS TO FARMERS FOR TILLING. SEEDS WILL BE SOLD TO FARMERS AT A SPECIAL LOW PRICE, REPAYABLE AFTER THREE YEARS.

    MEANWHILE, 32 COUNTRIES HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL SEND EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLIES TO INDIA TO RELIVE THE SITUATION IN ORISSA, AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS ALSO REPORTED TO BE HIT BY FAMINE.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, MRS INDIRA GANDHI IS ON TOUR OF THE FAMINE AREAS AND IS AT PRESENT INSPECTING THE SITUATION IN ORISSA STATE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABOWMNIY4LUC06NP6IN2OUL9UF
    Media URN:
    VLVABOWMNIY4LUC06NP6IN2OUL9UF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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