Give compensation to fire victim farmers: Manjit Singh

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Apr 29: Apni Party provincial president, Jammu, and former Minister, Manjit Singh today appealed Government to grant compensation to the farmers whose standing crops have been burnt in accidental fire.
In a statement to the press, the former Minister chaired a meeting of locals at Vijaypur in which they highlighted the problem of crop burning due to which farmers have lost their entire crop.
Speaking on the occasion, Manjit Singh said that the farmers have lost their crop during the hot Summer weather conditions and the losses should be assessed by the authorities so that needed compensation as per market rate is given to the farmers.
“A team of experts should be constituted and sent to the affected villages to make accurate assessment of the losses suffered by the farmers in Vijaypur due to fire,” he said.
He said many of the farmers have lost to the accidental fire and therefore, they are dependent upon the Government compensation and ration.
“Ration and sugar should be provided to these affected families of farmers for their survival for next six months,” he demanded. He said that many farmers have also lost fodder and there is nothing to feed to their cattle. “The farmers have no other source of earning except farming and hence, the Government should provide fodder for the cattle free of cost,” he demanded.
He also said that the electricity bills of the farmers should be waived off by the authorities keeping in view their financial conditions. “The charging of electricity bills from these poor farmers, who have lost their crops, and fodder due to fire incidents would be injustice,” he added.