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Hooda demands special package for farmers whose crops damaged due to rains

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Press Trust of India Chandigarh
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has demanded the state government give a special package to farmers whose crops were damaged due to heavy rains in the last few days.
Hooda said paddy, bajra and cotton crop were damaged due to heavy rains which lashed the state between September 22 and 24.
"Ordering special 'girdwari' (revenue survey to assess crop damage) alone will not help. The government must give special package to the farmers who have suffered crop damage and compensate them with at least Rs 20,000 per acre," Hooda, who visited the affected areas in Hisar and Fatehabad districts, told reporters here on Thursday.
He said that the condition that farmers must submit their claims under the crop insurance scheme within 48 hours should be relaxed and more time be given to them.
"Farmers have said that they have to submit their claims within 48 hours under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna. Time constraint of two or three days should not be there. A farmer who has suffered extensive damage to his crops cannot be expected to file claims immediately," he said.
He said there are reports that thousands of farmers have to spend several hours in queues to submit their claims for compensation under the crop insurance scheme.
Hooda also said that the government must clear outstanding dues of sugarcane farmers.
Hitting out at the BJP government in the state, he said employees of various departments are forced to protest on roads over their demands, but the government was not bothered to listen to them.
On rising fuel prices, Hooda said if the state government wants to give some relief to the people then it must lower VAT rate on petrol and diesel prices.
On Rafale deal issue, Hooda said "if the central government has nothing to hide, then why is it hesitating from forming a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the issue".

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First Published: Sep 27 2018 | 5:20 PM IST

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