November 16, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Mukatsar, Punjab (November 16, 2013): Punjab government’s “helping hands” turns out to be a cruel joke for many Punjab farmers whose crops were damaged by waterlogging. It is learnt that the Punjab government has issued compensation cheques for as less as Rs 3 to several farmers of Doda village in Gidderbaha assembly segment in lieu of the crops damaged due to waterlogging.
It is notable that many villages in Mukatsar district were facing sever waterlogging problem. The ground water in most of these areas is unfit for irrigation or domestic use; and the water extraction in these areas is to the minimum, as a result waterlogging problem has turned more severe.
“While some of the affected people have refused to accept the cheques, others complained the state government had played a cruel joke on them”, The Tribune (TT) reported in its Nov. 16 edition.
As per The Tribune: Krishan Chand, who got a cheque of Rs 79.86, said, “Most of the crops on my three-acre land was damaged due to waterlogging. I do not know what to do with this amount. Even opening an account in a bank costs Rs 500,” he said. As per the government rules, the compensation amount is fixed at Rs 5,000 per acre.
According to the English ventricular “[t]he list of people, who got cheques for less than Rs 100, is long. Gurdeep Kaur and Gurdial Kaur got cheques of Rs 3.48 each, Hardeep Singh of Rs 6.95, Nagender Singh of Rs 20, Ajmer Singh of Rs 21 and Harpal Singh of Rs 25”.
Disbursing the cheques, Markfed officers Tilak Raj and Mangal Singh said, “A total of 528 cheques worth Rs 11 lakh were issued with nearly a hundred cheques of less than Rs 100 each.”
Village nambardar Iqbal Singh reportedly said, “The village sarpanch Gurlal Singh got Rs 64 and his father Rs 4,000 even though their crop on nearly eight acres was damaged. The maximum amount anyone got was Rs 40,000.”
On issuing cheques for such a meagre amount, a senior government official said this showed that each and every affected person was awarded the due compensation amount.
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