The farmers had to sell their paddy out of sheer distress, for not getting facilities to sell their produce in government- stipulated prices of Rs 900 a quintal. At a time like this, the unscrupulous traders are charging exorbitant rates for fertilisers in Midnapore East and West districts.
Rampura (Sabong): Residents of an obscure West Midnapore village do something every year that the government should: prepare for floods in advance. Rampura village is flooded by the Keleghai river every monsoon, often several times in a year. Drained of funds and energy at having to rebuild their mudhouses every time they get washed away, the villagers don't build them now. They make tin-roof houses with walls of bamboo bark. During winter, they wrap the walls with tarpaulin sheets to keep the wind away.