Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday ridiculed the Centre for announcing a meagre hike of Rs 800 per acre as relief in lieu of the crop damaged due to vagaries of nature.
Terming the "insignificant hike an eyewash", he said that the Centre had done nothing for the welfare of the beleaguered farmers so far except shedding crocodile tears.
Talking to media persons here, Badal said that the SAD-BJP government had hiked crop damage compensation from Rs 1,500 per acre to Rs 5,000, thereby adding Rs 3,500 from state resources.
He asked the Centre to immediately announce upward revisions in the norms of natural calamity relief fund to make up the loss of farmers in realistic terms.
Referring to the issue of the scientific storage of foodgrains, Badal charged the Centre with "apathetic attitude" in this regard as they had not yet conceded the state's request on one pretext or the other.
Badal regretted that the foodgrains worth crores of rupees were rotting in the state due to laxity on part of the Centre.