The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to give all benefits to villages reported by the Amravati Divisional Commissioner as having Anewari — a measure of crop — of less than 50 paise, which makes them eligible for compensation. The directive came on a petition by Gram Vikas Bahu-uddeshiya Amravati and farmer Devanand Pawar of Yavatmal filed two months ago.
They alleged that despite the Amravati Divisional Commissioner reporting below 50 paise Anewari for 1,967 villages in Amravati, 997 in Akola, 970 in Yavatmal and 793 in Washim in November, the government had okayed 0, 55, two and zero villages respectively as hit by severe crop loss due to drought.
This led to farmers in these districts being denied their due compensation as well as loan for next crop season, they had alleged. The HC had then directed the government to file an affidavit within two months about the Anewari status report. The bench rapped the government for taking such decisions also said such apathy was forcing the farmers to commit suicide.
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