Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that farmers in the capital who suffered crop damage due to the recent un-seasonal rains will get compensation at the rate of Rs 50,000 per hectare.
Heavy rains had lashed Delhi on last Sunday and Monday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that this October has been the wettest in Delhi in 65 years.
During a digital press conference on Wednesday, CM Kejriwal said, “A few days back, some farmers of Delhi came to meet me. They were worried that due to unseasonal rains, their crops were damaged. I want to tell all my farmer brothers that they needn’t worry. I am with you, the government is with you. We are standing with you in every difficulty.”
He further added, “In the last 5-7 years, since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come to power, whenever such an issue has arisen, the government has always come forward to help. Every time we gave compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare. This is the highest in the country. Somewhere they give Rs 8000, in some other state they give Rs 10,000.”
Kejriwal also informed that the Delhi government makes sure that the money gets transferred to the accounts of the farmers within three months.
“This time too, I have issued orders that farmers who’ve suffered crop damage will get compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare. All SDMs and DMs are surveying where all crops have been damaged. The work has begun,” he said.
Kejriwal added, “I’m hopeful that we will finish the survey within two weeks and that you will get your compensation in your accounts in the next one month, month and a half… If a farmer doesn’t cultivate his land it bothers him, but when he sows crops, spends money on fertilisers and seeds and the investment goes to waste due to crop damage, that pain is much more. They take loans which they aren’t able to repay. I want to tell them we are with you.”