Following unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday ordered Divisional Commissioner A Anbarasu to assess the damage to farmers’ crops. “Have asked Div Commissioner to assess damage to crops of farmers in Delhi due to unseasonal rains (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
Last year, AAP government had announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre to farmers who faced losses due to crop damage caused by rain.
Farmers in outer Delhi had lost their crops to untimely rains in 2015 as well. The findings of the Aam Aadmi Party Gramin Morcha had shown that crops spread over approximately 80 acres were destroyed by unexpected climatic patterns in 2015, affecting about one lakh families in six assembly constituencies in rural Delhi.
Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay had, on Sunday, written to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, asking him to appoint a nodal officer to assess the crop loss due to untimely rains in the last few days. The Delhi BJP has demanded a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 per acre for farmers.