J&K farmers angry after being awarded Rs 32 as compensation


Farmers who were affected by the last year’s floods in Jammu and Kashmir have reportedly been given compensation ranging between Rs 32 and Rs 113 by the BJP-PDP led government.

According to media reports, these farmers have refused to accept the compensation saying that this decision by the state government had added insult to their injuries.

A report by Indian Expressed said that farmers in Saroor district of Jammu district were recently given compensation cheques, which ranged between Rs 32 and Rs 113. The state agriculture department issued these cheques after conducting the joint survey with the revenue officers to assess the extent of the damage.

A farmer was reported as saying, ” Rs 32 is the minimum and Rs 113 maximum amount being paid as compensation for flood damage caused to crops to the farmers of the area.”

The ravaging floods had wreaked havoc in the valley last year just before the state elections. A visibly concerned Prime Minister Modi, whose party is now jointly ruling the state with Mufti Saeed’s PDP, had tried to reach out to the affected people by deciding to celebrate Diwali festival with the flood victims.

A senior official in the ministry of agriculture said that the department had received complaints from the farmers and they were studying them. He, however, did not commit if his ministry will review the compensation policy for these farmers.

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