Govt assures compensation to Anantnag’s hailstorm-hit farmers

SRINAGAR: The government on Tuesday assured compensation to the hailstorm-affected farmers of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
An official handout issued here said the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, visited various areas of the district to take stock of the damages caused by the hailstorm to paddy crop.
“He assured the affected farmers that government would take necessary steps to compensate them,” it said.
The minister visited Mattan, Wagazarpora, Akoora, Babagund, Nambal, Boni Nambal Kharbug and Rambawn villages, it said, adding he was accompanied by officers from the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Revenue.
“The minister was apprised that about 50 to 80 per cent damages were caused to Kharif crops, including paddy, due to yesterday’s hailstorm in these areas,” the handout said.
“He directed the concerned officers to make final assessment of the damages and submit the same to the government for providing necessary compensation to the affected farmers of these areas,” it added. The minister, the handout said, assured the people that the government would consider providing free rations to them. He, as per the handout, said the matter would be taken up with the Chief Minister “so that necessary relief in cash and kind is provided to the affected families well in time”.