Punjab and Haryana will seek financial relief from agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Friday when he takes stock of the agriculture sector in both the states in the wake of deficient monsoon.
Punjab will seek a Rs 2,380-crore package, while Haryana may pitch for financial assistance of about Rs 2,000 crore in order to bail out the states from insufficient rainfall, official sources said. Pawar will meet Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. For Punjab, senior officials will meet the union minister as chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is away to the United States of America. While putting up a claim for compensation, the Punjab government will be demanding Rs 850 crore for extra expenditure incurred by farmers and Rs 1,530 crore for power purchased at higher rates to provide energy to the farming community, sources added.
Punjab will also make a claim of Rs 3,000 per hectare as additional expenditure on paddy and a bonus of Rs 100 a quintal on paddy and drought relief of Rs 1,000 per acre for maize. Haryana is likely to seek about Rs 1,200 crore, comprising compensation arising out of additional expenditure on diesel consumption, funds for contingency plans, compensation for unsown area and loss to crops. The state has already sought Rs 850 crore from the Centre for purchasing power for farmers. Besides, it may also demand Rs 200 per quintal as bonus on paddy and Rs 100 per quintal on other kharif crops, special allocation of Rs 112 crore for deepening of tube-wells and additional allocation under RKVY scheme, official sources said here.