SAMBA, Dec 2 : The farmers of the border area Ramgarh today protested demanding fair compensation and waiving off loan as their paddy and other crops were totally damaged due to recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms. The protest was held outside the Ramgarh, tehsil office under the banner of Ramgarh Border Development Association.
The demonstration was led by Prem Pal head of the Association and its general secretary Mohan Singh Bhatti.
The irate farmers gathered in front of tehsil office and raised slogans against the district administration and other revenue officers demanding fair compensation and waiving off loans.
The protesting farmers submitted a memorandum to the Tehsildar Ramgarh highlighting their demand.
Prem Pal, Mohan Singh Bhatti, Balbir Singh, Jagir Singh, Sewa Singh, Mohinder Singh, and Gurcharan Singh, while talking to reporters said that 70 percent crop of farmers has been damaged due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm.
The farmers said that after the paddy crop developed disease no district official took care of the farmers. The farmers said that earlier in the summer the wheat crop was burnt due to fire, but the Government failed to pay compensation.
The farmers said that KCC had taken loan from the banks for planting the crop but due to unseasonal rains, two crops of the farmers have been spoiled due to which farmers cannot pay back the loans. The farmers have appealed the Lieutenant Governor that district authorities’ and other officers be directed to assess the damaged crop of the farmers and they be given appropriate compensation and loan waiver.
The farmers said that if the Lt. Governor administration did not waive off the loans and proper compensation was not given within 15 days, they would be constrained to block the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and the administration of Samba will be responsible for the same.