CM urged Central Government to provide special central assistance of Rs.1136 crore to compensate the loss to crops. 31-03-2015
Chandigarh, March 31 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has urged the Central Government to provide Rs.100 bonus per quintal over and above the MSP of wheat, relax standard quality norms for wheat procurement in current Rabi season and special central assistance of Rs.1136 crore to compensate the loss to crops. The Chief Minister said this during a meeting with Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan and Union Minister for State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan to compensate farmers’ loss to crop in recent hailstorm and unseasonal rains here today. The Chief Minister also suggested formulating five factor slab system for assessing the loss to crop so that every farmer could get benefit of compensation announced by the government. He said that compensation should be calculated in the slabs of 0-10 per cent, 11 to 25 per cent, 26 to 50 per cent, 51 to 75 per cent and 76 to 100 per cent. At present, the Central Government is not giving compensation on crop loss upto 50 per cent. He said that state has witnessed unseasonal rain and hailstorm between March 1 and 22 which caused huge loss to crop. The government has already ordered special Girdawari to assess the crop loss and urged the Central government to provide interim relief of Rs.500 crore to the state to compensate the farmers at large. He said that yesterday also rain and hailstorm hit several parts of the state and loss of the same is yet to be ascertained. Today State Government has demanded total relief of Rs.1136 crore and final report which was to come by March 31 will now be received by April 7. He made it clear that State Government will compensate each and farmer within a month after getting the final report of Girdawari. The Chief Minister also suggested the Union Ministers that a provision should be made to compensate the farmers towing the land besides the land owners. Speaking on the occasion, the Agriculture Minister, Mr O P Dhankar said that based on the reports of the concerned departments, draft Memorandum for Special Central Assistance from the Government of India has been prepared by the State Government. While segregating the assistance of Rs 1136 crore requested from Central Governmentunder various categories, he said that the requirement of Rs 537.28 crore is for Agriculture department which is on account of damage to standing crops, cost of extra inputs, drainage cost and cost of seeds subsidy, Rs 21.16 crore for Horticulture department on account of damage to standing crops and decline in product, Rs 30 crore for Power department on account of compensation for supply of additional power to Agriculture and waiver of electricity bills, Rs 193.30 crore for Rural Development department on account of additional fund requirement to create employment for labour not engaged in crop harvesting (under MGNREGS), Rs 28 crore for Animal Husbandry department on account of activities to maintain livestock health i.e. life saving drugs, anthelmintic (dewormers) antiseptics or disinfectant or bandages, systemic immune stimulants, feed supplements and mineral mixture, Rs 281.02 crore for Cooperation department on account of assistance for interest loss due to deferment, loss incurred by farmers for conversion of short term loan to medium term loan and additional re-finance required from NABARD and Rs 45.15 crore for PWD Department on account of repair of road network damaged due to the unprecedented rains. He said that there was heavy rain and hailstorm in the State during first and second week of March 2015. Heavy rain was witnessed on February 28 and from March 1 to 3, a second heavy rain spell occurred on March 7 and 8. Yet again there was heavy rainfall and hailstorm on March 13 and 14. He said that the total rainfall from February 15 till March 9 had been 66.2 mm against last year average of 12.6 mm. He said that during the period from March 1 till 10, 2015, rainfall has been 57.4 mm as compared to 4.5 mm rainfall during the same period last year. Again, considering the rainfall data from March 1 till 22, 2015, the total rain has been 70.73 mm, vis a vis a normal of 10.59 mm which is a departure of 730.5 per cent excess from the normal. He said that the intensity of rainfall has also been very high in particular Tehsils of the State on March 1, 2015 e.g. Bawal Tehsil in Rewari district had 74 mm rainfall or hailstorm; similarly Rewari Tehsil recorded 69 mm; Khol Tehsil in Rewari recorded 42 mm; and Kosli Tehsil recorded 44 mm; in Mewat district, Nuh Tehsil recorded 71 mm, Punhana Tehsil recorded 61 mm, Taoru Tehsil recorded 42 mm; in Palwal district, Hathin Tehsil witnessed 52mm rainfall. Others present on this occasion included Haryana Minister of State for Food and Supplies Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj, Chief Secretary Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal and other senior officers of the State and Central government.