Provide timely and appropriate compensation to distressed Himachal farmers facing massive crop loss: CPI-M
SHIMLA: Expressing concern over crop losses due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm in Himachal, the State Committee of Communist Party Of India(Marxist) asked the Govt. to take immediate steps to provide relief to state’s farmers.
Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba and Sirmaur districts are the worst hit and fruit crop worth many hundred crores of rupees have been damaged and destroyed due to the hail. Jhanjaili, Lambathach, Thunag in Mandi, Banjar, jibi in Kullu, Haripurdhar in Sirmour and Sarahan, Nankhari, Rampur, Sharontha, Tikker, Chirgaon, Pujarli No. 4, Deori Khaneti in Shimla are the most affected areas where almost 70 to 90 percent crop have been damaged.
Due to this massive loss to the crop the farmers are in state of shock and completely distressed because of high cost of inputs and living. Farmers especially small and marginal farmers, which are great in number in the state, have no means of subsistence left and needs help immediately. Farmers all over the country are in very miserable condition and needs support From the government like farmers in developed countries, where farmers are highly subsidised and compensated.
Party demands that Government should immediately survey the loss extensively and farmers shall be compensated accordingly.
All the crops should be covered under crop insurance scheme and loss due to all the calamities including hailstorm shall be taken into consideration.
Recovery of loans from affected farmers shall be suspended and interest on this shall be remitted.
Anti Hail Nets shall be made available to the farmers at Block level at 90 percent subsidy and affected farmers 10 percent share shall be given by government.
Subsidised fungicide, pesticides and other spray materials shall be made available to the farmers at block level.
Government shall take above mentioned steps to give relief to affected farmers immediately. Failing to which the Party would launch an agitation by organising the farmers.