CM announced a slew of further relief measures for the distressed farmers of the State. 16-04-2015
Chandigarh April 16 : In view of the ongoing untimely rains, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr.Manohar Lal has announced a slew of further relief measures for the distressed farmers of the State. These include further enhancement of the limit of shriveled and broken grain from 9 per cent to 10 per cent, non bearing of the value cut by the farmer due to lustre content and special girdawari for next five days for all areas in the State where crops are still standing as also for damage to crops that occurred due to rains in the State on April 15 and 16, 2015. While presiding over a meeting to review the progress of procurement operations in the state, he directed all the officers to ensure arrangements to prevent any damage to wheat that would be bought by the farmers in all mandis, its quick procurement and immediate release of payment to the farmers at the rate of Rs 1450 per quintal. The Chief Minister thanked the Government of India for further enhancing the limit of shrivelled and broken grain upto 10 per cent. It may be recalled that yesterday, Mr.Ram Bilas Sharma called on Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Mr.Ram Vilas Paswan and urged him to enhance the limit of shriveled and broken grain grain from 9 per cent to 10 per cent. It was also decided in the meeting that the farmers will not have to bear any value cut due to lustre loss. It may be recalled that the Government of India while enhancing the lustre loss wheat content upto 50 per cent affected kernels had put a cut of ¼ of one full value. Mr.Manohar Lal said that this cut will not be passed on to any farmer in the State. He said that a Central Team would be visiting affected areas of the State on April 18, 2015. The team would have interaction with officers of different departments of the State and then would proceed for fields’ inspection in different districts. He said that visiting the affected areas physically would brought the correct picture of damages and would smoothen the Haryana demand for additional funds from Government of India. He clarified that the wheat containing shrivelled and broken grain upto six per cent will be procured by all agencies in all mandis at the MSP of Rs.1450 per quintal. For wheat with shriveled and broken grain between 6 to 8 per cent, there will be a cut of only Rs.14.50 per quintal. Similarly for wheat with shriveled and broken grains between 8 to 10 per cent, the cut will be only Rs.29 per quintal. It was informed in the meeting that the State received heavy rain and hailstorm during the month of March 2015 and first week of April 2015. The government immediately swung into action and Girdawari or Special Girdawari was ordered in the whole State. Apart from this, a Memorandum was sent to Government of India by Revenue Department for seeking additional assistance to the tune of Rs 1135.91 crore. Request was also made to Government of India for deputing a central team to Haryana for assessing damages. The meeting was attended by Food and Supplies Minister, Mr.Ram Bilas Sharma, Revenue Minister, Capt.Abhimanyu, Chief Secretary, Mr.D.S.Dhesi and senior officers of the Food and Supplies, Revenue and Finance Departments.