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Negligence leads to farmers' loss

Staff Reporter


Damaged extent of crop in last year's floods noted down as acres instead of hectares

Non-payment of insurance claims for damaged crop despite deduction of premium questioned


HYDERABAD: An error by the Ranga Reddy district's Agriculture Department in noting down the field survey details of crop damage has resulted in irreversible loss to the farmers of a few mandals.

The damaged extent of crop in last year's floods was noted down as acres by the department's staff instead of hectares as reported by the ground-level officials, and it has resulted in far less compensation than the farmers were actually entitled to.

This was admitted by the Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy who is also an elected representative from the district, at the Zilla Parishad General Body Meeting here on Wednesday.

A fierce debate ensued after M. Rakesh, the ZPTC, Basheerabad, alleged disbursement of arbitrary amounts ranging from Rs.250 to Rs.750 as compensation, instead of Rs.1,500 mentioned in the advance cheques. The cheques were collected back from farmers in return for the paltry amounts, he alleged, and contended that field surveys had not been carried out properly in the villages. Similar discrepancies were reported from Yalal mandal too.

However, it later transpired that the compensation received for acres was distributed for the same number of hectares, hence the inconsistencies.

The Minister expressed helplessness as the matter was fait accompli. However, she instructed the officials to ensure just delivery of compensation for the crop damaged due to the two hailstorms this year.

Members also questioned the non-payment of insurance claims for the damaged crop despite deduction of premium from loans. District Collector V. Seshadri assured a meeting of district level credit committee soon to look into the matter.

Referring to a proposal for Palamur Lift Irrigation Scheme on Indira Priyadarshini Jurala Project put forth by the Telangana Retired Engineers' Forum and supported by the ZPTCs who passed a resolution in its favour, the Minister said it would be forwarded to the Chief Minister after due discussions. Another resolution was to fund the erection of 1370 electric poles in SC, ST colonies with finances from Backward Region Grant Fund.

Towards the end, the ZP chairperson P. Sunitha Mahender Reddy announced funds to the tune of Rs.93 lakh for addressing water scarcity during summer.

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