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Kejriwal Announces Rs 50,000 Per Hectare Compensation to Farmers for Crop Damage Due to Rain

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said an order has been issued for giving compensation of ₹50,000 per hectare to farmers whose crops have been damaged due to untimely rains in the city.

Ayushi Raina
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, announced on Wednesday that his government will guarantee that farmers in the city who have incurred losses due to crop damage this year will receive compensation of Rs.50000 per hectare.

Since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in the national capital in 2015, he added, the party has been actively pursuing this initiative.

"Recently, I met groups of farmers who informed me that crop damage caused by unseasonal rains this year had cost them money. I'd want to reassure Delhi's farmers that they don't need to be concerned. In a video press briefing on Wednesday, Kejriwal said, The Aam Aadmi Party government will continue to support farmers."

He stated that farmers who have suffered crop loss will get Rs.50000 per hectare as compensation. "When compared to other states, which pay between Rs.8000-Rs.10000, this is the highest. We also make certain that the money is disbursed within a month and a half.

I've given orders again this year to guarantee that farmers who have incurred losses due to crop damage receive compensation of Rs.50000 per hectare."

District officials have begun the process of assessing losses, according to Kejriwal. "I expect the survey to be finished in two weeks, and the money distributed to qualifying farmers within another one and a half months," he added.

According to government data, Delhi has around 29,000 acres of cropped land and approximately 21,000 farmers.

The government had commissioned a separate study earlier this year to examine farmers' grievances in the city and document concerns regarding minimum support prices, input costs, yield, crop loss, and other issues. The study's findings, on the other hand, are yet to be published.

Farmers in certain northern Indian districts have lost up to a quarter of their crop due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms on the eve of harvest.

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