Friday, November 2, 2012

Balangir Cong rally demands more compensation for farmers FRIDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2012 18:36 PNS | BALANGIR HITS: 19

FRIDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2012 18:36
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Farmers and Congress workers of the Kantabanji Assembly constituency led by local MLA Santosh Singh Saluja on Thursday marched through the town here and demonstrated before the district Collectorate demanding total waiver of agriculture loan of farmers, payment Rs36,000 as compensation to all farmers under the National Crop Insurance Scheme and action against the banks employees for including the farmers “arbitrarily” in the crop insurance scheme, and recovery of amount from them and payment of compensation to farmers as per the national crop insurance norms.
The agitation was also led by Balangir district Congress president Bhagaban Bagarti, senior party leader Radhakanta Panda, president of Balangir Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency Youth Congress unit Akash Mishra, district Mahila Congress president Renuka Patra, Pandab Kumar and Laxman Meher.
According to a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister through the district Collector, farmers of Tureikela had deposited their insurance premium through the local Utkal Gramya Bank branch, Allahabad Bank, Chatuanka, SBI, Kantabanji, Bank of Baroda, Andhra Bank and Central Bank and Balangir District Central Cooperative Bank, Kantabanji, last year. Similarly, farmers of Muribahal and Bongomunda blocks also deposited their crop insurance money through banks.
While the Kantabanji and Tililagarh branches of the District Central Cooperative Bank provided a compensation of Rs36,000 for farmers towards hybrid paddy cultivation, nationalised banks are giving compensation of Rs12, 000 to Rs17,000 for the same. Moreover, many banks like the Bank of Baroda and the Central Bank of India did not deposit the premium money with the insurance company, it was alleged in the memorandum.
Many farmers who had deposited their money for crop insurance were covered under Weather Based Crop Insurance arbitrarily, as a result of which they got a compensation of only Rs6,000 per acre. As a result, the farmers suffered heavy loss. The farmers of the Kantabanji Assembly segment were deprived of getting a total compensation of Rs100 crore, alleged MLA Saluja.

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