PIL urges court to order adequate compensation
A PRO bono publico writ has appealed to Indore High Court bench to order adequate compensation to farmers whose crops have been damaged due to hailstorms and untimely rains that lashed Indore, Nalkheda, Ujjain, Dewas and Shajapur regions last month. These regions also witnessed cattle and human deaths.india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 23:39 IST
A PRO bono publico writ has appealed to Indore High Court bench to order adequate compensation to farmers whose crops have been damaged due to hailstorms and untimely rains that lashed Indore, Nalkheda, Ujjain, Dewas and Shajapur regions last month. These regions also witnessed cattle and human deaths.
The public interest litigation (PIL) filed at HC said that although Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had assured that funds would not be a constraint in mitigating the sufferings of affected farmers, neither the State nor the Central government took steps to provide succour to the farmers so far.
The government, PIL said, has roughly assessed the loss at Rs 2,500 crore in the State. Apart from 83 deaths, wheat, pulses, mustard and coriander crops standing on 2.75 lakh hectares of land in 44 out of 48 districts have also been damaged.
Adding that there have only been talks of providing compensation that has yet to reach farmers, litigation pointed out that the Chief Minister has recently assured relief of Rs 500 per acre to cultivators rolling back his earlier promise of providing Rs 3,000 per hectare.
The litigant has asked HC to pass an immediate ex parte order to recompense the affected at the earliest by availing the data from the locally available solicitor, as it is the special duty of the State to provide relief to people hit by natural calamity.
The PIL said that the State has been endowed with sovereign power of guardianship of persons under disability who have no rightful protector. The State, in fact, has been referred to ‘parens patriae’, the Father of the Country whose duty is to protect interests of people who have no equitable benefactor.
Stating that small and medium holdings are no longer financially viable due to constant divisions of agricultural lands since Independence, litigant Satya Pal Anand has insisted that the support price be fixed in advance including production cost for small farmers and disaster fund should be formed to meet future needs. The petitioner has also urged the court to give directions for granting a comprehensive insurance cover to crops.
The respondents in the case are Chief Minister, State of MP through its Chief Secretary, Prime Minister & Head of Council of Ministers, Union of India through its Secretary, Agriculture Department.