Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get the prevalent norms of relief for damaged crops reviewed,in wake of recent floods across the state,to provide at least Rs 20,000 per acre in case of complete loss.
In a letter to the PM,Badal also demanded immediate deputation of a high-powered central team to access the damages and release special package for rehabilitation,reconstruction and upgradation on a war footing. The CM also wrote separately to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for similar request. Badal apprised the PM that the huge devastation was caused mainly by incessant rains in the region since August 15.
He made special mention of the relief provided in case of 100 per cent loss to crops in irrigated areas. At the time of the floods,the kharif crop had fully matured and farmers had already incurred the bulk of the expense on items such as seed,fertiliser,insecticide,diesel etc. By any estimate,this expenditure would be around Rs 25-30,000 per acre. However,to provide only Rs 3,600 per acre as relief in these circumstances even as
Rs 9,000 per hectare has been fixed as the maximum amount that can be paid seems like a cruel joke on the distressed farmers,he added.