The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded that the Punjab government release Rs 8 crore for farmers whose wheat crop got damaged in accidental fires this season, saying the losses may drive the growers to commit suicide.
BJP’s state vice-president Harjit Singh Grewal and farmers wing chief Sukhpal Singh Nanu said as per the records of the state government, wheat crop of 20 districts at over 2,800 acres was damaged in fires.
They urged chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to immediately announce a relief of Rs 12,000 per acre to such farmers.
“The chief minister should try and understand the gravity of the situation. It is not only the family of the farmer which is affected but farm workers are also hit,” they said.
They said the relief package should be announced taking into consideration the minimum support price and the rate at which the government purchases crops from the farmers.
Recently, the BJP government in Haryana had announced Rs 12,000 per acre as compensation to the farmers who suffered crop losses due to fires.
Lightning, snapping of high tension power lines and human negligence are some of the factors that lead to fires in the fields.