Bathinda: Shingara Singh Mann, district president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), said that the insensitive approach of the state government towards farmers could be gauged from the fact that the revenue department has assessed compensation without carrying out physical verification of the damage caused to cotton during the ‘girdawari’ process.
Mann was addressing the farmers here whose protest entered its 17th on Friday.
“The girdawari done by the revenue department is a mere eyewash, as farmers were not inquired about any loss to the crop. If the officials failed to visit the damaged fields, then on what basis they have assessed the loss,” questioned Mann.
He said that the government was only focusing on the cotton crop loss, while the other crops such as guar and pulses have also been damaged and suffered losses.
The government has already released compensation of Rs 114 crore to compensate farmers for Rs 8,000 per acre loss.
Another leader of farmers Buta Singh Burjgill said the financial condition of farmers and labourers in the cotton belt is matter of great concern as farmers have been left with no money to make arrangements for the next crop.
“After cotton loss, the farmers are now facing exploitation while selling basmati varieties since they were not paid genuine prices. The government started purchasing basmati 1509 at the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,450 per quintal of normal varieties, but farmers were expecting a rate of Rs 2,800-3,000 per quintal,” he said.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Basant Garg said that the farmers could put their claims regarding their loss and compensation received before sub-divisional magistrates, tehsildar and distribution officials.
“The revenue officials have been directed to inquire about land holdings from other reputed farmers in the village about the farmers who had given their land on lease,” Garg said.
Meanwhile, he clarified that the cultivators, who had taken land on lease, would be given compensation against the losses.