2 YEARS OF BJP GOVT: Bhiwani residents unhappy as situation turns worse

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 21

The BJP government’s two-year tenure has not been easy for residents of the district. Farmers were at the receiving end, as they grappled with drought-like situation in one year and waterlogged fields in the other.Hardly a day passed when farmers or others did not protest outside the Mini-Secretariat, demanding civic amenities such as water, repair of roads and regular supply of electricity.Forget about any big project, the key one — solid waste management plant — approved by the previous Congress government in 2014 could not see the light of the day in spite of a budgetary provision for it.The 6-km circular road dissecting the city has several potholes and encroachments.Former Public Health Engineering Minister Ghanshyam Saraf — the only minister from the state’s largest district — was unceremoniously removed from the Cabinet after one year of his tenure.RTI activist Capt Pawan Kumar Anchal claimed the district was meted out “indifferent” treatment, as neither BJP leaders nor the administration were taking interest in the district’s welfare.Anchal said a four-laning project from Kotputli to Punjab via Bhiwani approved 18 months ago was hanging fire. Safai karamcharis keep protesting because of non-payment of wages.Master Sher Singh, state president of the Kisan Sabha, raised another matter. “Stray cattle enter fields and damage crops, and cause accidents on roads,” he said.Sukhwinder Sheoran, BJP MLA from Badhra, claimed several of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s announcements had been implemented. He cited the example of upgrading Charkhi Dadri as district and Badhra as subdivision to prove his point.“The government is trying its best to fulfill its poll promises,” the MLA added.

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3500 acres in Charkhi Dadri waterloogged for months

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Waterlogged fields in Charkhi Dadri villages. Photo: Indervesh Duhan

Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Charkhi Dadri, October 20

According to the Agriculture Department estimate, more than 3,500 acres in Charkhi Dadri villages have been waterlogged for the past few months and it is likely to fail its target of sowing rabi crop.Jaishree, Kamod, Rawaldhi, Bond, Jhinger, Khatiwas, Dhani Phogat, Samaspur, Imlota, Mirch, Kanheti, Morwala and Mishri villagers in the district have been reeling under the problem of waterlogging.Randhir Singh, a resident of Dadri, said the problem had been prevailing for six-seven years, but this time it was acute. He said several farmers had turned to labour to make their ends meet as their standing crops were destroyed.Other local farmers said the authorities knew about their problem, but it had been carrying out the work of draining out the water at a snail’s pace.An agriculture expert said since some villages had been waterlogged for months, the land had started turning barren. Turning it into a fertile land would be a daunting task for the agrarian community, he said.Krishan Kumar, SDO, Agriculture Department, said a report was being prepared to be sent to the higher authorities.Badhra MLA Sukhwinder Sheoran said a drain had been approved in Dadri, which would resolve the issue permanently.

Govt fooling farmers in name of welfare schemes, says MP

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Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda addresses a gathering at Bamla village in Bhiwani district on Wednesday. Photo: Indervesh Duhan

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 12

Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda said today that the state government had done nothing for the farmers except telling lies and fooling them in the name of welfare schemes. Deepender, who was addressing a gathering at Bamla village of the district today, said there had been a cap on the sale of bajra in the state and paddy was not being procured by state agencies citing moisture content issue. The gram sowing season was on, but farmers were not getting seeds and those available with private players were way too expensive, he said. “Just like last year, a paddy scam in under way in the state mandis, as the crop was being procured for Rs 1,250-1,300 per quintal instead of Rs 1,510. It must be investigated as to who is pocketing the remaining part,” said the Rohtak MP.Having a dig at the Pradanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana, he said the government had handed over Rs 18,000 crore to private companies by forcefully deducting from the farmers’ account and it should reveal how many farmers actually got compensated owing to the scheme.

Only 29 farmers voluntarily applied for insurance scheme in Bhiwani

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Farmers stage a dharna outside the Mini-Secretariat in Bhiwani on Monday. Photo: Indervesh Duhan

Sat Singh
Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, October 10
Of 4 lakh farmer families in the district, only 29 have voluntarily applied for the crop insurance scheme — Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) — started by the Union government.

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Nearly 69,292 other insurances done by the Agriculture Department in the district were of the farmers who had sought loan from various government and private banks.
According to the Agriculture Department, the district has 3,86,500 hectares of cultivable land and according to the PMFBY, they have to cover all cultivable land under the insurance scheme to secure farmers.
An official of the Agriculture Department said that four crops namely bajra, cotton, paddy and maize were covered under the scheme and all farmers who had grown these crops should have been covered, but it did not generate good response due to poor economic conditions.
The scheme was to be implemented under two modes, he said. The first one was direct mode, wherein farmers could voluntary get themselves insured and the other one was indirect mode, wherein premium was deducted by banks of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loanee farmers, he added.
The premium collected under the scheme from 29 farmers was Rs 51,486 for all four crops, while an amount of Rs 9 crore was collected from the farmers under the indirect mode through banks.
Sources said that the district Agriculture Department and banks had been flooded with complaints from farmers regarding deduction of the premium from the KCC account without their consent.
Meanwhile, farmers under the banner of the Sanyukth Kisan Morcha have been sitting on a dharna outside the Mini-Secretariat here since August 22, seeking rollback of the PMFBY and implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report.
Kisan Sabha state president Master Sher Singh said that the scheme had not gained ground in the district as farmers were already reeling under huge debts and they had no money to pay premiums.
He demanded that the government should bear the entire cost and compensate them when needed.

Waterlogging hits wheat, mustard sowing in Bhiwani

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Fields in more than 22 villages in Bhiwani’s Charkhi Dadri block have been waterlogged for three months. tribune photo

Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 7

Farmers of Jaishree village have been facing the problem of waterlogging for over three months. They are not able to sow wheat and mustard crop owing to the condition.“The rain that occurred three months ago damaged my paddy.

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My field is waterlogged even as the rabi season has started,” said Rajkumar, a farmer.Besides Jaishree, waterlogging has become a serious issue in Kamod, Mishri, Khatiwas, Jinger, Loharwada, Samaspur, Charkhi, Bhervi, Imlota, Swaroopgarh, Satood, Nimli, Paitawas, Bhaini Phogat and Giri Chappar villages also.

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Sudarshan Kumar from Kumod village said there were 20-25 villages in Charkhi Dadri district where several thousand acres were facing the same problem.“We are in serious crises. The paddy crop of many farmers suffered huge losses and if the next seasonal crop is not sown, they will not be able to make ends meet,” he said.Om Prakash, another farmer, said though the administration had employed machines to drain out water, 35 per cent of the village fields were still inundated.Master Sher Singh, state president of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, said they had met top administration officials for getting the survey of the affected fields and start the process of compensation. Former Dadri MLA Satpal Sangwan accused the government of not doing enough to solve the problem.

40,000 girl write to their fathers about constructing toilet

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Sat Singh

Tribune News Service

Bhiwani, October 6

Nearly 40,000 girl students from Class III to VIII studying in various government schools of the district today participated in the ‘Beti ka Pita ko Patr’ competition organised by the district administration and appealed to their fathers to shun open defecation and construct toilets.Girls said they faced humiliation when their fathers went out for defecation.In a letter to her father, a girl student wrote: “I feel embarrassed to tell my friends that I and my family members go out to defecate. The government is providing funds for constructing toilets at home and we must avail the opportunity.”Additional Deputy Commissioner Dhirendra Khatgada said to promote cleanliness, they had organised this district level competition today.He said the competition was held in two categories in 813 schools.Best letters would be felicitated.

Farmer ends life, five bank officials booked for fraud

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Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, October 5
Balwan Singh, a farmer from Dharan village in the district, died at a private hospital yesterday. Balwan had attempted suicide on September 29 after discovering that his bank deposits were allegedly withdrawn by bank officials fraudulently.
His son Jaibhagwan told the media that his father had an account at Dhani Mahu branch of Sarv Haryana Gramin Bank.
His father had deposited his farm income in that bank from where he also got a loan under the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme.
He said that bank officials allegedly entered the amount deposited by his father in the passbook manually, but did not add it to the original records.
When his father came to know that his KCC had a due of Rs 3.97 lakh and the bank balance figure did not match with the passbook entries, he asked for the details of his transaction, but was refused.
His father had approached the head office of the bank in Rohtak, where some officials accused him of conniving with the local bank officials in committing a fraud, he said.
Perturbed over the development, he tried to take his life by hanging in agriculture fields. He was rushed to a private hospital, but could not be saved and he breathed his last on Tuesday.
On the complaint of Jaibhagwan, the police registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against bank manager Dinesh Kathpalia, assistant manager Pankaj, cashier Sombir, bank GM, Rohtak, and employee Satpal, the police said.