State Government is providing relief of about Rs. 2000 crore to compensate the farmers which include Rs.1092 crore for the loss of their crop: CM 28-04-2015
Chandigarh, April 28 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal today said that the State Government is providing relief of about Rs. 2000 crore to compensate the farmers which include Rs.1092 crore for the loss of their crop due to untimely rains and hailstorm this year, Rs. 500 crore for Sugarcane growers besides waiving off their tubewell electricity bills and rescheduling of their short term loans. The Chief Minister, who was addressing a press conference here today, said that we have taken all possible steps and have also urged the Central Government for relief so that farmers are fully compensated for their loss of crops. The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi has also taken immediate stock of the situation and gave appropriate response so as to mitigate the sufferings of the farmers in their time of need, he added. He said that the announcement of unprecedented compensation of over Rs.1092 crore to farmers for the loss of their crop due to untimely rains and hailstorm this year clearly reflects the pro farmers’ policies of the present State Government. The Government is deeply committed for the welfare of farmers and it will go to any extent to ensure that the state farmers recover from bearing any losses due to natural calamity. He said that the disbursement of cheques bearing meager amount as decided by the previous government pains us a lot as we fully understand the problems being faced by the farmers. The State Government has already completed Girdawari by April 22 for assessing the damage to crops during the month of March and April, this year. Out of the total compensation of over Rs.1092 crore, State Government would contribute Rs.372 crore whereas Rs. 720 crore would be shared by Central Government to compensate the farmers’ loss. The compensation amount would be disbursed in all districts by May 15 as per revised rates of compensation. The Chief Minister said that figures of compensation released during last few years clearly reveal how insensitive the previous government was towards the welfare of farmers. Giving details, he said that compensation amount of Rs.18 crore was released to farmers in year 2011-12, Rs.47 crore in year 2012-13, Rs.95 crore in year 2013-14 and Rs.243 crore was announced in year 2014-15 which has now been released by the present government. He said the compensation of Rs.22 crore for September 2013 and Rs.97 crore for March 2014 was lying with Deputy Commissioners concerned which have now been released by the present government. Everyone can now figure out what kind of governance prevailed during previous regime, he added. He said that five state procurement agencies is working very well and 49.52 lakh metric tonnes of wheat had already been purchased so far in the mandis of the state. The State government has fixed procurement target of 65 lakh metric tonnes of wheat in current rabi season. In case wheat arrival crosses its target, the government would ensure procurement of each and every grain of wheat from mandis. The Chief Minister said that State Government is also concerned about the problems being faced by sugarcane growers. In this direction, State Government is going to release a sum of Rs.500 crore to Sugarmills. The Chief Minster said that the administrative machinery of the State has also been pressed into service for effective monitoring of compensation distribution process which is going to be started in all districts between May 1 and 15. He said that a sum of Rs.10,000 crore would be available for providing short term loans for year 2015-16. While expressing shock and grief over the Nepal earthquake tragedy, he said that State Government has designated Additional Chief Secretary, Health as Nodal Officer for actively monitoring the same. The first day, State Government has sent 30,000 food packets with the help of Central government nodal agencies. Again the food material and utensils are being sent by airplane to Nepal besides sending cooks to prepare the meals, he added. In reply to a question concerning Arthiya facing problems in mandis, the Chief Minister said that senior officers are frequently visiting mandis to review the wheat procurement and sorting out any problem, if any, occurring there. In reply to another query, he said that harvesting season is almost over now and produce has reached the mandis of the state where adequate arrangement of procurement and lifting have been made. On being asked to comment on providing additional power and water for next sowing season, the Chief Minister said that available water would be provided to farmers. However, as there could be shortage of fodder, the Department concerned has urged the farmers to ensure more sowing of fodder. In reply to a question, he said that benefit of compensation would go to the farmers whose crop damage was beyond 25 per cent. However, other reliefs like rescheduling of short term loans and value cut announced by government would benefit all the farmers. On being asked to comment on disaster management system of State Government, the Chief Minister said that Haryana’s disaster management system is better than other states. However, it is a continuous process to make it better and the system is reviewed time and again. A meeting would be called to analyze the same. Those present on this occasion included Revenue Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture Minister Mr. Om Parkash Dhankar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K. Khullar and Additional Chief Secretary Revenue, Mr. Dalip Singh, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. P.K. Das, OSD to Chief Minister Capt. Bhupinder and other senior officers.