Haryana has issued compensation cheques worth Rs. 2,3,4 and so on to farmers in lieu of crops damaged due to heavy rains and waterlogging. This precision in identifying farmers who have suffered crop damage worth Rs. 2 or Rs. 4 was criticised by INLD leaders today who accused the Congress of making a mockery of compensation.
Government officials however said they deserve a pat on the back for being extremely precise in identifying each and every shareholder and awarding due compensation.
The cheques were issued by Jhajjar district administration in April this year in lieu of damage to crops in 2011.
The incident pertains to a village in Beri in Jhajjar district. An Axis bank cheque of Rs. 2 was issued to one Satyanarayan and Rs. 3 was issued to Tek Chand as compensation for crops damaged due to waterlogging. The farmers refused to deposit these cheques saying opening an account would cost them more money.
CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda however,defended the move and said Tuesday there was no wrong doing in the compensation provided to farmers.
However,Abhay Chautala MLA,said,Can anybody imagine that crops worth on Rs 2 or Rs 4 could be damaged?
According to Ajit Balaji Joshi,DC,Jhajjar,Compensation was fixed at Rs. 3,500 per acre. There are eight kanals per acre and at times there are 90-100 shareholders per kanal. Our revenue officers have done a commendable job in identifying each and every shareholder,calculating their share and awarding compensation with extreme precision.
The villagers however,are not happy. Ranbir,of Paharipur village said,I am the sole owner of 2.5 acres. If the government claims that the compensation rate is Rs. 3,500 per acre,how did they calculate my loss at Rs. 6? It is nothing but a cruel joke.
Ramkishan,also of Paharipur,claimed he owned one-fourth of six acres land and has got a cheque of Rs. 30. We are poor farmers. We do not know how they calculated the compensation, he said.
According to an official spokesman,Rs 1.14 crore was released as compensation at a rate of Rs 3500 per acre for 3,365 acres of land.