CPI (M) has demanded early compensation to the orchardists and farmers who suffered losses due to recent hailstorm and rains in the twin districts of Kulgam and Kupwara.
As per a statement the party has alleged that whenever natural calamities cause damage to the fruit and crops, the worse affectees are assured compensation and even surveys are conducted but no relief reaches to them.
CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said, “During the last Kharief season surveys were conducted in the hail storm affected areas of the valley but relief is still awaited.” Mere assurances and surveys cannot satiate the interests of the affectees, he maintained and urged the government for initiating practical measures to provide timely relief to the affected orchardists and farmers.
“Horticulture and Agriculture being the core sectors of the State’s economy providing direct and indirect livelihood to lakhs of people in the state have remained neglected by the successive governments,” the CPI (M) State secretary alleged and suggested for focused attention towards these sectors and added that adequate funds be kept available under horticulture and agriculture sectors to achieve self sufficiency and boost exports.
Urging for making Technology Mission, Kisan Credit Cards, Command Area Development and other centrally sponsored schemes more effective and farmers friendly, Tarigami said that Crop Insurance Scheme could be the only way out to help the growers in the event of natural calamities.