Srinagar: The National Conference on Sunday urged the government to expedite the process of disbursing compensation to orchardists, farmers who have suffered massive damages in the recent snowfall.
Preliminary assessment by the government suggested that nearly 53,000 hectares of horticulture and 9,000 hectares of agriculture crops have been damaged due to sudden snowfall and the losses were estimated at over Rs. 500 crore.
“The NC leader Abdul Rahim Rathar met Governor Satya Pal Malik and apprised him about the exigencies that have risen after the recent ill-timed snowfall,” the statement said.
Rahter impressed upon the Malik, it reads, that the unprivileged and marginalized farmers have bank loans and that the recent snowfall have put them in a disposition where they cannot pay for amount overdue.
He apprised the Governor about the woes of people, the statement said.
It further reads that the former minister brought to notice of the Governor the gravity of the current developmental deficit and dysfunctionality of the administration in dealing with the situation.
Rathar highlighted the need of dialogue to embalm the disenchanted youth.
The NC leader asked the Governor to address the problems of farmers, orchardists and people as soon as possible, the statement said.