Govt relaxes norms for compensation to farmers

Govt relaxes norms for compensation to farmers

SRINAGAR: Government on Sunday eased the procedure for seeking compensation by farmers and fruit growers for their crop-damage due to natural calamities, by making certain changes in the norms of State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).
Under the new rules farmers can seek compensation if crops suffers a damage of 33 per cent, with the earlier norm being a 50 per cent loss.
The decision was taken during a  cabinet meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sunday which decided to ease the procedure of seeking compensation by the farmers and fruit growers whose crop gets damage due to natural calamities.
Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar during a press briefing later said that a farmer can seek compensation if his crop suffers a damage of 33 per cent.
He said that during the unprecedented rainfall across the state, farmers and fruits-growers have suffered huge losses and the government would soon conduct a survey and would initiate the process of giving compensation to them.
“The government has also revised the rate of compensation and now the farmers and fruit growers will get increased compensation for the crop-loss,” he said.