Recompense losses to orchardists in Charar-e-Sharief: Rather

Recompense losses to orchardists in Charar-e-Sharief: Rather

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference senior leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather on Monday expressed grief over losses to people following recent hailstorm and incessant rains across central Kashmir’s Charar-e-Sharief constituency.
According to a statement, Rather while underscoring the need of compensating the losses to farmers, orchardists said, “The orchardists, farmers have suffered immense losses to their standing crops. The road connectivity of the various hamlets has been disconnected due to damage to the connecting road links, culverts. The power supply and the steady supply of water haven’t been resumed in various hamlets. The higher reaches of the constituency are still reeling under darkness.”
He said it was expected of the government to depute revenue teams to hailstorm areas to ascertain the magnitude of material losses to people; however the government has miserably failed to come to the rescue of families under duress.
“Most of the families living in the hailstorm hit areas live by petty means and draw their sustenance from agricultural activity. Most of the households had pinned their hopes on the annual agricultural produce to pay for the dues over to bank, and meet the regular demands of their household chores. However the vagaries of calamitous weather have pushed the people to wall,” he said.
It is the prime duty of the administration to come to the rescue of those who stand worst affected due to the vagaries of weather, Rather said.
He also toured the hailstorm hit hamlets of Zinpanchal, Gunde Shamus, Kan Dajan, Futlipra, Hardu Dalwan, Checki Karpora, Shankarpora, Karpora, Chrari Pora, and Pakharpora, the statement said adding that people apprised him about the problems they are facing following the havoc played by the hail storm in their hamlets.
The senior NC leader has urged the governor administration to depute revenue teams to the affected areas to determine the losses to farmers.
“The administration should provide immediate succour to the affected families. I impress upon the administration to ensure the benefits of apple crop insurance scheme to the affected orchardists,” he said.