More than 200 farmers await Cotton relief

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Sat Singh
Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, October 4
More than 200 cotton farmers of the district’s Bawani Khera are yet to receive compensation for the loss to their crop in last year’s whitefly attack.
Sources said DC Pankaj Yadav ordered an inquiry.
The state government had, in February, credited Rs132 crore in the district administration’s account for disbursal to whitefly-hit farmers.
Master Sher Singh, state president, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, said: “The government has credited the amount in Axis Bank, Charkhi Dadri. Farmers are facing difficulty in claiming compensation because the bank is in another block. The amount should have been credited in a bank in Bawani Khera.”
He said 22 per cent of compensation was marked for farmers in Bawani Khera but they could not claim it as the bank was not located in their jurisdiction.
“A delegation of 11 farmers met the DC today and apprised him of the problem arising out of the mismatch between the location of the bank and beneficiaries,” he said.
Another problem is the “lack of will” of revenue officials. The delegation told the DC that cotton was damaged in four villages of Bawani Khera. “The Revenue Department did not prepare Actual Payment Record to make farmers eligible for compensation,” Singh said.
“Whenever farmers approach Bawani Khera revenue officials, they misbehave with farmers and do not forward the damage claim papers to the DC’s office,” he added.

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