Benefit of compensation would only be given to the actual cultivator on the recommendation of the Gram Sabha for the damage caused to the crops due to the rains and hailstorms: CM 6-04-2015
Chandigarh April 6--The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, said here today that the benefit of compensation to be given by the state government for the damage caused to the crops due to the rains and hailstorms would be given only to the actual cultivator on the recommendation of the Gram Sabha. Attested copies of the recommendation would be accepted. Addressing a Kisan Rally organized on the occasion of the 36th foundation day of the BJP at Badhra in Bhiwani district, he said that the cultivator could also claim compensation on the basis of the power of attorney obtained from the land owner. Compensation would be disbursed by May 15, he assured the farmers. Striking an instant chord with them, the Chief Minister said that compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per acre would be given for the damage caused to the crops. If the Central Government increases its share which is pegged at maximum of Rs 3,600, it would also be handed over to the farmers. Referring to the demand for making Dadri a district and giving Badhra the status of sub-division, the Chief Minister said that a three-member committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Agriculture Minister, Mr O P Dhankar, which would submit its report on the re-constitution of the district in keeping with the people’s demand. Two other ministers have been made members of the committee. The Chief Minister said that the previous government was working to relish the luxury of power. ‘But I am committed to serving the 2.5 crore people by considering power as a medium of service. I would work dedicatedly for the welfare and uplift of all sections of the society, be it the farmer, labourer, employee or trader”, he added. The Chief Minister accepted most of the demands put forth by Badhra MLA, Mr Sukhwinder Sheoran. These include upgradation of Government Girls High School to the level of Senior Secondary School with Science stream, a separate girls school in Digawa, construction of a girls college in Badhra, setting up of crop procurement centres at Jhojhu Kalan and Badhwana, and construction of a shed in Badhra Mandi. The other demands are status of block to Jhojhu Kalan, construction of separate headquarters of Dadri, Jhojhu Kalan and Bond Kalan blocks, upgradation of the Vocational Training Institute, Kadma, to the level of Industrial Training Institute, arrangement for power supply in Dhanis on the pattern of domestic connections, completion of the consolidation work by the next year and relaxation in rules by the Forest Department for making the stone crushers operational. The Chief Minister also announced the decision to set up a cow sanctuary on 111 acres in Gokalpura, a laboratory for the measurement of carotene level in cow milk, research centre for improvement of breeds of indigenous cows, Gau Grih in every village nd special subsidy for women for setting up of milk dairy of indigenous cows on 500 acres of land in Gopalwas. Besides, he also assured 12-hour power supply for domestic use in rural areas from evening to morning along with three-hour power cut. Those who do not have inverters would be given by the Power Department under a special scheme so that during the hours of power cut they could make use of it. A special helpline number is being started by the Power Department from tomorrow for redressing the grievances of the consumers. Mr Manohar Lal said that as Badhra and Loharu areas of the district had been declared dark zones due to depletion of the ground water level, ponds would be constructed in the fields where water would be supplied through canals. Subsidy would also be given to those who irrigate fields through these ponds. He also announced that the pending tubewell connections would be released soon and urged the people to pay their electricity bills on time. He said that Opposition was misleading the people that cheque for less amount of compensation were being given. The reality is that this compensation is for the crop damage in 2013-14 which was fixed by the previous government. “We have just released the payment the previous government had left pending’, he added.