Flood relief to Haryana farmers: `2, 3 & 4

Making mockery of flood relief, the Haryana government has issued cheques of `2, 3, 4 and so on to its farmers as a compensation against crops damaged due to heavy rains and waterlogging.
This may seem preposterous to any reasonable person, but the Haryana government has actually given the relief to flood-affected farmers of Jhajjar district.
The cheques were issued by the Jhajjar district administration in April this year in lieu of damage to crops in 2011.
The Jhajjar district administration has paid a measly compensation of `2 to Satyanarain son of Hari Singh and `3 to Tek Chand, son of Bhim Singh, in lieu to the damage to their crops in the 2011 floods. If this was enough, the administration is actually patting themselves for being precise in identifying the every shareholder due for the compensation.
The incident came to light when the anguished farmers allegedly refused to deposit these cheques in Axis Bank, claiming that they would first have to open an account in the bank which would cost them several hundred rupees. When local INLD leaders wanted photocopies of the cheques, the farmers concerned handed them the cheques claiming that even photocopies would cost them more than the cheque amount.
Terming the meagre compensation as a “cruel joke”, senior INLD leader and Ellenabad MLA Abhay Singh Chautala alleged that this showed the real “anti-farmer” face of the Hooda government.
State INLD president Ashok Arora alleged that the Hooda government has made mockery out the misery of farmers “First it did not take any flood-control measures, resulting in widespread losses to crops. Now, by paying a token compensation, the Hooda Government had rubbed salt on the wounds of the farmers,” he added.
Official sources claimed that the government had released `1.14 crore as compensation to farmers hit by waterlogging in the Beri tehsil area. The amount has been distributed among farmers affected by waterlogging at a rate of `3,500 per acre for 3,365 acres of land according to their share in land.

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