Agriculture minister OP Dhankar on Wednesday slammed former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for allegedly politicising the issue of compensation to farmers and said, "We are not like the Congress leaders. We have big hearts and we don't give `2 cheques to farmers in the name of compensation".
While talking to mediapersons here, he said, "It is for the first time in my life when the compensation was given within a few days and the girdawari was conducted fairly. The Congress leaders should look back at what they had paid in the past to farmers".
Dhankar said "We have broken several records in providing compensation. If there are complaints. the farmers can approach us. Though the girdawari cannot be conducted now as there is no crop, but if farmers can file complaints we will look into them".
Asked if the government plans to compensate the families of the farmers who have committed suicide, he said, "Our sentiments are with those families, but suicide is not the way and farmers should not run away by throwing their responsibilities on their children and wives".
He said that the state government was planning to introduce a crop insurance scheme on "public-private participation (PPP) mode" under which farmers could insure their crops. "Insurance cover will not help the government only, but it will also ensure higher compensation to farmers, depending on their crop," he added.
Dhankar said the government was also planning to start a system of 'satellite girdawari' in future to make actual assessment of crop damage within few days.