With unseasonal rain damaging standing wheat crop in several areas of Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for upward revision of the compensation to affected farmers at the rate of `10,000 per acre from the present Rs 3,600 per acre.
“The present norm of Rs 3,600 per acre compensation for 100% loss is too little. It does not even provide for the input cost incurred by the farmers,” he said.
In separate letters to Modi and to union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, the CM said initial reports suggested that cultivated area of over 7 lakh acres had been affected. He pointed out that the damage was much higher in the case of of vegetables and other horticulture crops.
Badal added that Punjab and its neighbouring states had experienced widespread rains over the past few days, as average rainfall was about 42 cm on March 1 and 2.
“Although rains at this point of time should be good for standing wheat and other Rabi crops, unfortunately the intensity and frequency of rains, coupled with high wind speeds and hailstorms, have caused substantial damage to the crops and impaired the livelihood of a large number of farmers,” Badal said.