Chandigarh, September 28: Reacting to The Tribune report (‘Compensation for 2017 still due, fresh girdawari ordered’, September 27), Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today directed all Deputy Commissioners to immediately release pending relief to farmers who had suffered losses during last year’s floods, an official press release said here.
The CM directed the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) to seek an explanation from DCs for the delay in the disbursal of compensation for the 2017 floods.
The CM, who was chairing a meeting to finalise the modalities for the early release of compensation to the people affected by the recent rains, ordered that ex gratia payment of Rs 4 l lakh each should be immediately released to the five families whose members had died. He was informed that two rain related deaths had taken place in Tarn Taran and one each in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Moga.
The CM said compensation for total loss of crop, which was earlier fixed at Rs 8,000 per acre, should be paid at the enhanced rate of Rs 12,000. As per rules, compensation of Rs 12,000 per acre would be paid for crop loss ranging between 76 and 100 per cent; and Rs 5,400 for loss between 33 and 75 per cent. Compensation of Rs 95,100 will be paid for fully/severely damaged houses and Rs 5,200 for partially damaged ones.
Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry asked Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to complete distribution of agricultural implements among farmers within 10 days so as to tackle stubble burning.
Source Tribune India