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Paddy destroyed, farmers want wheat to be safe

punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2013 23:14 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar

More than 5-km stretch covering a number of villages in Muktsar and Faridkot districts is still submerged and the farmers are worried."After facing losses in paddy, we might also miss out on a good wheat crop as the time for sowing is near and there is no sign of water receding.

The government needs top help us in finding a solution to quick draining of the water," said Malkeet Singh, a resident of Chack Kalyan village in Faridkot. Paddy crop in Mrar Kalan village in Muktsar has been damaged bringing grief to the farmers.

"We got land in Mrar Kalan village in Muktsar on an annual contract of Rs 35,000 per acre. We spent another Rs 10,000 per acre on growing the crop," claims Lakhwinder Singh, another farmer.

"The low-lying fields have led to the loss. We are destroyed. No government has come to us. Even in 2011, the situation was not so bad."

"The Kotkapura link drain passes near the villages. We want the government should either lay underground pipes or dig up open channel from our fields to the drain," says another farmer Sikander Singh.

He claimed that most farmers were spending money out of their own pockets to drain out their fields of water.

"A special girdawri is on and we are also providing farmers with fuel to pump out water through the drainage department. We are trying our best to help the people," said Muktsar DC Parmjeet Singh

"My paddy crop is destroyed, yet as per the calculations of the revenue officials, my loss is not total. The compensation of Rs 15,000 an acre is a joke," said Harbans Singh and Gurlal Singh, two brothers from Chack Kalyan.

Estimates suggest that 700 acres of the 1,100 acres has been damaged in the village.

"Twenty-six pump sets worked around the clock for eight days to pump out water from the village," residents said.

Farmers also complain that revenue officials record 100% loss only in case the crop is destroyed. "Officials take an arbitrary view here and several genuine complaints are rejected."

"A special girdawri is on in the district and revenue officials are visiting villages to assess the loss. We will provide adequate compensation," said Ravi Bhagat, deputy commissioner Faridkot.

"The date for the special girdawri has been extended up to September-end."