What should be percentage of loss to the crops by the excessive rains during the ongoing monsoon season that would enable farmers to claim compensation?
If one goes by the four-page compensation application issued by the state government being distributed to the farmers,only farmers having lost more than 50 per cent of their crops due to heavy downpour would get compensation.
The third page of the form says that the farmers should write that more than 50 per cent of their crops have been lost due to heavy rains at the end of September 2013-14.
This has made many farmers nervous. Several farmers from Vadodara district said that the state governments compensation criteria would not help them because most of the farmers had suffered less than 50 per cent loss to their crops.
Ashok Rathwa,a farmer from Pavi Jetpur taluka in newly created Chhotaudepur district,said that he lost around 48 per cent of the crops only and was told by the district officials that he would not be entitled for compensation. It is sheer injustice he said,adding, there is no logic in it.
Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) general secretary Gordhan Zadaphia said that talatis and gram sevaks needed to visit fields to find out the loss of crops and issue certificates to the farmers for attaching it with the compensation applications.
He alleged that they were not visiting the villages and were preparing certificates from their offices only based on details given by farmers only. This could result into big losses to those farmers if the talatis and gram sevaks issued certificates with less than 50 per loss of crops though the farmers may have actually lost above 50 per cent of their crops.
None of the office-bearers of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) could be contacted for their comments on the issue. BKS had recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Narendra Modi for a compensation at a rate of Rs 9,000 per acre to farmers having lost crops due to excessive rains. However,it did not come out with any criteria like what should be the loss for considering compensation.
State Agriculture Minister Babubhai Bokhiria could not
be contacted despite several efforts.