Sonia Gandhi to visit Haryana tomorrow to assess crop loss

  • HT Correspondent, None
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 10:18 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will undertake a day-long tour of four districts of Haryana on March 21 where the farmers have suffered crop loss due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

Sonia will visit Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Rewari and Karnal districts to assess the crop loss due to inclement weather. Her first halt will be Bhiwani where she will meet farmers of eight villages of Badhra and Loharu tehsils, according to party sources.

Thereafter, she will visit five villages of Jhajjar and Rewari with Karnal being her last stopover in the state.

Gandhi would visit rain-hit Bada Gaon and Dabkauli villages of Karnal district on Saturday afternoon.

The Congress president will be accompanied by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry and Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar.

The farmers in the state, which along with Punjab forms the grain bowl of the country, have reported huge losses to the Rabi crop due to unseasonal rains in the past two weeks. Their fields have been inundated and wheat, vegetables and other crops damaged.

The farmers’ losses appear to be higher in some areas of south Haryana where the standing crop was flattened due to hailstorm and strong winds. While the state government has ordered a special girdawari, it has also requested the Centre to assess crop damage and loss to farmers. Chief minister ML Khattar has written a letter to the Union agriculture minister to depute a team of officers and scientists to assess the loss.

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