Delhi Govt OK’s Rs 20,000/acre aid for farmers

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Delhi Govt OK’s Rs 20,000/acre aid for farmers

Saturday, 29 January 2022 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Cabinet on Friday approved ex-gratia relief to farmers at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre on account of loss due to unseasonal rains.   Importantly, the Cabinet also approved the rates at which ex-gratia relief to the farmers was to be paid as per assessment of the loss.

According to the Delhi Government, the expenditure under the exercise will be about Rs  53 crore for an approximate area of 29,000 acre.

Due to incessant rains and water logging of fields owing to overflow of nearby natural drains during September-October 2021 in Delhi, crops of farmers have been severely damaged.Delhi Government had sent teams to the ground to assess the damage done to the crops.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given express orders to the teams to understand the needs of the farmers and assure that everyone gets the justice they deserve. Further, the council of ministers in the Cabinet also approved the rates at which ex-gratia relief to farmers was to be paid as per assessment of the loss. If the loss is assessed to be 70% or less, compensation will be paid at the rate of 70%. If the assessed loss is more than 70% compensation will be paid at the rate of 100%. Earlier too, the AAP Government had announced compensation, C M Kejriwal had stated that the Delhi Government has made sure that the farmers do not feel helpless and have paid compensation

each time the crops have been damaged.

He had said that this is not a hollow promise and he will ensure that all farmers get compensated. The AAP Minister and National Convenor had also claimed that the Delhi Government gives the highest compensation in the entire country when crops get damaged.

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