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A compensation cheque worth Rs 2, 3, 4 and so on is what the Haryana government has issued to farmers in lieu of crops damaged due to heavy rains and waterlogging. The state governments precision in identifying farmers who have sufferred crop damage worth Rs 2 or Rs 4 was criticised by Indian National Lok Dal leaders today who accused the Congress of making a mockery of compensation by issuing these cheques.
State government officials on the other hand say they deserve a pat on the back for being extremely precise in identifying each and every shareholder and awarding due compensation.
The cheques were issued by the Jhajjar district administration in April this year in lieu of damage to crops in 2011.
The incident pertains to a village in Beri in Jhajjar district. An Axis bank cheque of Rs 2 was issued to a farmer Satyanarayan, son of Hari Singh, and a cheque of Rs 3 was issued to another farmer Tek Chand, son of Bhim Singh, as compensation for crops damaged due to waterlogging. The farmers refused to deposit these cheques in the bank saying opening an account would cost them more money.
When we asked the farmers to give a photocopy of the cheques, they asked us to take the original instead as it costs more to get a photocopy, Abhay Chautala MLA and senior party leader, said.
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda defended the compensation policy. Addressing a press conference this afternoon he said there was no wrong doing in the compensation provided to farmers.
However, Chautala said, Can anybody imagine that a farmer who works in the fields from morning till night would have sufferred a crop damage worth Rs 2 or Rs 4?