Bareilly DM seeks Rs 29 lakh as compensation for crop damage

By Times Of India on 14 Apr 2018 | read
BAREILLY: District magistrate VK Singh has sought a sum of Rs 29,16,499 from the government as compensation for 1,509 farmers whose wheat crop was damaged due to unseasonal rain and hailstorm earlier on Saturday.
Giving details, additional district magistrate (finance) Manoj Pandey said three villages in Faridpur tehsil — Matiya Nagla, Dithoka, Maksudpur — were found most affected with 60% crop damage while in other villages, the crop loss was less than 30%.

The unseasonal rain and hailstorm flattened wheat crop in some parts of the district. Authorities collected crop damage details from all six tehsils before compiling a report, which was sent to the government.

The ADM said, “We have sent a compensation demand for the affected farmers of the said three villages. Crop damage has also been reported in other tehsils but that is less than 30%. Only those farmers are provided compensation by government where the loss is more than 35%. These farmers will be given compensation by the insurance agencies as their crop is covered under crop insurance scheme.”

Earlier, deputy secretary in UP government, Shyam Mohan Tiwari had written to district magistrates across the state about untimely weather conditions. Citing weather forecast reports, Tiwari had asked the district authorities to send a demand letter for compensation at the earliest so that it is distributed among farmers as soon as possible. Officials were instructed to provide day-to-day reports assessing crop damage in their respective districts.

According to the administrative sources, large scale crop damage was reported in Faridpur tehsil at around 33%. Only two tehsils — Aonla and Nawabganj — were not affected.

ADM said, “According to the revised guidelines, compensation is sanctioned for village where crop damage is reported to be more than 35%, which was 50% earlier. The government asked us to relax norms for farmers while calculating crop loss. All areas where crop loss is over 33% will be considered for the compensation.”