Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Sunday visited Moga, Muktsar, Bathinda and Patiala districts of the state where crops were damaged by hailstorms and rains and assured the farmers that they would be duly compensated for the loss.
If a farmer suffers more than 75 per cent crop loss the state government will provide a compensation of Rs 15,000 per acre.
If the loss is between 33 and 75 per cent, the compensation would be Rs 6,750 per acre, Mann said. Labourers will get 10 per cent as compensation while Rs 95,100 would be paid as indemnity for damage to houses because of inclement weather, he said. Untimely rain accompanied by hail and high-velocity winds damaged wheat and other crops in several parts of Punjab. The chief minister announced that the state government would soon introduce a crop insurance scheme to safeguard the interest of farmers from nature’s fury.