Mrs Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP), has flayed the BJP Government, led by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal Khattar, for its failure to provide compensation to the farmers for the loss of cotton, guar and bajra crops due to the white-fly attack, other crop diseases and drought-like conditions.In a statement issued here today, the former Excise and Taxation Minister said that farmers across the state were still awaiting compensation. More than four months have passed since special girdawari was initiated and still no compensation has been paid to the farmers. “Till date, neither the report is out nor the farmers have been paid a single penny,” Mrs Choudhry said.
“Farmers from Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani and Jind have been sitting on dharna against the BJP Government since 11 February but their demands have not been fulfilled till now. I shall visit Hisar on February 23 to address the farmers and listen to their demands. I shall raise the issue in the Vidhan Sabha also,” she added.Mrs Choudhry asked the state government to take immediate measures to save mustard and wheat crops from white-rust along with leaf curl and yellow-rust disease, respectively. More that 30 per cent damage has been reported to mustard crop in Bhiwani due to fungal and bacterial diseases which are spreading across the district. “The BJP Government should take necessary steps to compensate the farmers and check spread of such crop diseases,” she demanded.