Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14

(TNS): Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has demanded special ‘girdawari’ to provide immediate relief to cotton growers who have suffered severe crop damage due to whitefly, wilting and green leaf hopper epidemic. He claimed that the government had turned a blind eye to the plight of farmers and had provided no compensation to farmers who suffered widespread damage due to a spate of setbacks.

Hooda said farmers were forced to agitate for compensation for poor crop of cotton, moong, guar and millet. “In the Balsamand area of Hisar, farmers held a public meeting to wake the government up from deep slumber, but the government did not provide any relief,” he said.

Supporting their demands, Hooda stated that farmers needed urgent and immediate help and the government should take immediate cognisance of the demands of farmers and declare compensation at the earliest. He demanded that the government should compensate cotton farmers for at least Rs 30,000 per acre by making special ‘girdawari’ or surveys without any further delay.

“Last year, the rabi crop were hit in many districts of the state due to untimely hailstorm and farmers had not received compensation yet. The fate of farmers who suffered losses due to waterlogging was the same as they continued to wait for help,” he said. – TNS (Source: