Agriculture

Centre assures relief for Delhi farmers for crop damage

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh asks Government of Delhi to submit a memorandum as per the norms and to seek relief for the farmers
Centre assures relief for Delhi farmers for crop damage

In view of the problems being faced by the farmers of Delhi, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today directed that a letter be sent to the Government of Delhi asking them to submit a memorandum as per the norms and to seek relief for the farmers.

Delhi State BJP and the members of the Parliament from Delhi today submitted a memorandum to the Agriculture Ministry to explore the possibility of a relief package for the farmers of Delhi who have lost winter crop due to the untimely rains recently.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today ordered Divisional Commissioner A Anbarasu to assess the damage to crops due to unseasonal hailstorm and rains in the national capital.

"Have asked Div Commissioner to assess damage to crops of farmers in Delhi due to unseasonal rains (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.

In 2015, AAP government had announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre to farmers who faced losses due to crop damage. It had then claimed it was the highest compensation announced by any government in the country so far.

On Sunday, Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay had written to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung asking him to appoint a nodal officer to assess the crop loss due to untimely rains in the last few days. Delhi BJP has demanded a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 per acre for farmers and said the relief should be given before Holi.

On Monday, a delegation of Delhi BJP, under the leadership of state president Satish Upadhyay Radha Mohan Singh and apprised him of heavy damage to the crops due to unseasonal rains, storm and hailstorm in the city.

The delegation comprising party MPs Ramesh Bidhuri, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Dr Udit Raj and Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta among others had submitted a memorandum to the Union Agriculture Minister on the problems being faced by the farmers here. Singh assured the delegation that his Ministry will extend all support as soon as the Delhi government completes the official requirements.

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