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Mansa farmers demand compensation for crop loss

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Tribune News Service
Bathinda, August 1

Farmers have sought compensation for crop loss suffered due to heavy rain in Mansa district. The aggrieved farmers said no one from the Agriculture Department or the district administration had visited their fields to assess the level of damage.

Agriculturists in around 40 villages, including Khokhar Khurd, Jhunir, Sardulgarh and Budhladha, who had sown paddy and cotton, suffered extensive loss. Surendarpal Singh Bittu, a farmer from Khokhar Khurd village, said, "Paddy sown on my 3.5 acres remained submerged in rainwater for days. It has been more than a week, but the district administration has not conducted a girdawari."

Ram Singh Bhaini Bagha of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Ekta Ugrahan, said, "Farmers in around 30 villages have suffered losses due to heavy rain. Standing crop in 250 acres is completely damaged at Khokhar Khurd. Farmers are asking the administration to conduct a girdawari at the earliest."

He said, "The state government must provide a compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to affected farmers. If the process is not started soon, the BKU will protest at the Budladha SDM office on August 4." Mansa Deputy Commissioner Mohinder Pal said, "We have issued orders to conduct a girdawari. The process to assess loss will be completed soon. As per the government's policy, affected farmers will be given adequate compensation."



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