The compensation to the farmers whose lands fall between the Indo-Pak border and border fencing in Punjab has been raised from rs 6,500 to Rs.10,000 per acre per annum from this January. Half of the amount will be contributed by the Punjab government.
This was stated by Punjab chief parliamentary secretary for agriculture Gurbachan Singh Babbehali in a press release issued here on Sunday.
The compensation is given to the farmers to compensate their loss for their being unable to cultivate their fields across the border fencing due to restrictions imposed on them by the Border Security Force (BSF).
The compesation was first initiated by the Vajpayee regime and it was fixed at Rs.2500 a year.Later the Centre raised this amount to Rs.3300 per acre per year.Now the central government has raised it to Rs.5,000 per acre a year and the Punjab government has added equal amount to it to the convenience of the farmers who used to complain that they were getting just nominal compensation for their being unable to undertake farming on their lands falling across the border fencing.
Meanwhile Babbehali stated that the Punjab government had released a sum of Rs.186 crore to the Punjab Sugarfed to pay off the pending dues to the sugarcane growers of the state against the sugarcane supplied previously to the co-operative sugar mills of the state.