Haryana government has defended the compensation amount of Rs. 2 and 3 for crop damage to the farmers of Beri tehshil in Jhajjar district reasoning that each farmer had been compensated according to his share of land.
The Hooda government charged the opposition with politicising the issue.
"Each farmer of Beri tehsil in Jhajjar district whose crop was damaged due to water logging after the rains in 2011 has been given adequate compensation according to his share of the land, but the Opposition is politicising the issue," Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's Political Adviser, Virender Singh said in a government release here yesterday.
In 2011, the state government had declared 10,316 people as eligible for compensation for the damage caused in 3,269 acres of land due to water-logging, he said.
The amount of compensation had been fixed on the basis of the total number of shares in the related khewat (land demarcation), their shares and the percentage of damage to the crops.
Singh said that those criticising the government on the amount of compensation paid to the farmers, should introspect what the INLD Government had done.
"Under the previous government, only Rs. 1,000, Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 2,000 per acre was given as compensation whereas, the Hooda Government has increased this amount by more than two-and-a-half times. At present, the compensation of Rs. 2,500, Rs. 3,500, Rs. 4,500 and Rs. 5,500 per acre is given for various crops on the basis of the percentage of the damage," he said.
Explaining the rationale behind the calculation where cheque amount of Rs. 2, 3 and Rs. 6 had been issued to the affected farmers, Virender said that "Satnarayan of village Godhri whose share in Khewat (land demarcation) number two, Khasra number 20/13 and total area 1/1680 in eight kanal (an acre of land), the amount of compensation at the rate of Rs. 3,500 per acre worked out to Rs. 2.08.
Similarly, another stakeholder Tekchand has a share of 1/1260 in the same Khewat, on the basis of which his compensation works out to Rs. 2.77".
Virender said that though Tekchand's compensation worked out to Rs. 2.77, "but he has been given a cheque for Rs. 3."
"It is for the first time that compensation has also been paid for the land where sowing of crops could not be done due to water logging," he said.
The Opposition party is spreading false propaganda that cheques of small amount were being given to the farmers, he alleged.
"The people of Haryana know full well the anti-farmer approach of the INLD Government. This (raising the issue of meagre compensation amount) is just to keep the attention of the people away from their diminishing base in the state, that the Opposition is shedding crocodile tears for the farmers by raising the bogey that the state government is neglecting their interests.
"Not that they have any feeling for the farmers but just want to make political capital out of it," he added.
Virender pointed out that due to the increasing population and shrinking of land holding, the number of shareholders in the land had increased in a disorganised way.
"As a result of this, it is quite logical if the amount of compensation is low...," he added.
Earlier, senior Indian National Lok Dal MLA Abhay Singh Chautala had said that the Hooda government "instead of suitably compensating the farmers, had insulted them and applied salt on their wounds by giving cheques of Rs. 2, 3 and 6 in the name of compensation".
He had said that some of the farmers who had been issued cheques of the meagre amount had told them that even a photostat copy of the cheques would cost more than the amount itself.