JAMMU, May 19: Former minister, senior Congress leader and Chairman, All J&K Kissan Congress, Ch Gharu Ram today strongly criticized Governor’s administration for denying compensation to the farmers for the losses of their wheat crop in Jammu region.
Addressing a press conference here today Gharu Ram lashed out at the present State administration over ignoring the burning issues of the farmers in the State. He demanded that these issues should be addressed without any more delay otherwise farming community would be forced to come out on the roads.
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He pointed out that Kissan community has suffered a great loss of wheat crop which was burnt recently in fire and no compensation has been paid to them till date. He demanded that the concerned authorities from the Government should deploy teams to access their losses and adequate compensation be paid immediately as thousand acres of standing crops have been burnt/ damaged.
The Congress leader said that Kissan Bhima Yojna implemented by the Central Government is merely on papers and not implemented in the State which needs immediate redressal in order to give benefits to farmers who suffered losses to their crops.
Gharu Ram further pointed out that benefit of Kissan Credit Cards has been given to our farmers who have taken loan. The loan sanctioning authorities are deducting the loan amount installments arbitrarily without any intimation to them.
He told that the basmati growing farmers of RS Pura/ Bishnah have been put to a great loss due to the import of paddy from adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and UP. The present rate of basmati/ paddy in Jammu district is Rs 3400 per quintal which is lower than their input cost of sowing, use of insecticide and fertilizer. They are at the verge of suicide for not getting proper rates. He stressed upon the Government that the import of paddy be stopped and adequate input cost be given to farmers by the Government.
Kissan leader regretted that the canals and its distributaries have not been dug and cleaned properly upto tail end which is life line of farmers for irrigation for sowing and growing basmati paddy crops. He demanded that an inquiry should be held into the mater.
Bharat Priya, Secretary AICC Kissan Congress was also present on the occasion.