CPI(M) protests, seeks compensation for snow affected farmers

CPI (M) leaders during a protest demonstration in Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
CPI (M) leaders during a protest demonstration in Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Nov 10 : The Communist Party of India CPI (M) today held a protest demonstration at Partap Park demanding adequate compensation to the snow affected growers.
The CPI (M) leaders including State Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik, several Kissan leaders along with apple growers and farmers from different areas of Kashmir participated in the protest.
The protesters demanded that adequate compensation should be given to the farmers and orchard owners, who were affected due to the snowfall.
While addressing the protesters, Ghulam Nabi Malik said the decision of State Executive Committee (SEC) to enhance the quantum of relief from Rs 18000 per hectare to Rs 36000 per hectare for damage to perennial crops like apple is insufficient given the quantum of destruction caused due to the heavy snowfall. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees.
While demanding one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, the Kissan leaders called for the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the State.
“Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the Government, it is unfortunate that the scheme is not implemented so far here. While the previous Government of the State implemented Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in some areas of Jammu division nearly two years ago to give them a cushion in times of natural calamities, the fruit growers and farmers in Kashmir are still waiting for the same,” they said.