Govt seeks crop damage report from dist collectors

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 17:38 IST

The state government on Sunday sought crop damage report from all district collectors to decide on compensation to the farmers.

On the directions of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, chief secretary CS Rajan organised a video conference with the district collectors and got feedback about the crop damage.

According to initial estimates, crop has been badly affected in 20 out of 33 districts across the state due to rains during last three days.

The farmers were preparing to harvest crop of cumin, isbgol and mustard, while wheat, barley and gram were in the ripening stage, when the untimely rains hit them.

As per the agriculture department's rough estimates, about 84 lakh hectare area was under cultivation and crop has been damaged in about 15 lakh hectare area.

Loss of cattle has also been reported from some parts of the state.

The BJP's Kisan Morcha has rallied behind the suffering farmers and passed a political resolution to issue due compensation to the affected farmers.

Agriculture minister Prabhu Lal Saini said the government understands the pain of farmers and would releases compensation to them as soon as girdawari report (damage survey report) is received.

Saini said the CM has directed all district collectors to complete girdawari by March 18 and submit the reports by March 20.

He said decision on waiving off electricity bills of farmers would be considered.

Demanding immediate compensation to the affected farmers, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said it would be test of the state government's ability.

He hoped the government would not leave any stone unturned to help the farmers.

He said the farmers were badly affected by the nature's fury and the state government should release due compensation after girdawari report.

Gehlot also demanded compensation from the Union government to affected farmers across the country even if there is a need to relax the rules.

State Congress president Sachin Pilot has demanded withdrawal of electricity tarrif hike keeping in mind the crop damage.

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