Cong demands compensation to farmers for fire damaged wheat crop
Post by on Thursday, April 28, 2022
Marh, April 27: Senior Congress leader Ashok Bhagat Wednesday made an extensive tour of villages in Marh constituency and took stock of the situation as near about 300 kanals of standing crop of wheat has been destroyed here due to fire, a party statement said.
While interacting with Congress leaders, the local villagers informed him that as and when they reached at the spot the whole stretch of near about 300 kanals of wheat was destroyed completely.
Bhagat appealed to the JKUT administration to announce adequate compensation of the loss in favour of the farmers whose six months hard work has gone into vain due to the accidental fire.
“Such incidents often happen every year these days and most of those due to the short circuit,” he added.
He also urged the UT Government to take serious note of such incidents and fix accountability of the departments/officials due to which such incidents have taken place again and again.
Bhagat was of the view that in every harvesting season the administration ensure at least two fire brigade vehicles at each tehsil headquarters across the Jammu division so that loss of crops due to fire can be minimized.
In an appeal to the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Bhagat demanded free ration be given to the affected farmers for one year and they be also provided adequate compensation for the loss suffered by them.
Bhagat claimed that there is a brewing unrest among farming community after the burning down of wheat crop spreading over hundreds kanals of land in different parts of Jammu region during last over one week hitting over a dozen of small and marginal farmers and depriving them of their annual produce which they were going to harvest within days.