At the same time, minister of rural development Jairam Ramesh announced Rs 230 crores for drinking water purposes and watershed management in Haryana.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Haryana chief minister a week after the empowered group of minister’s meeting has brought a new ray of hope for the farmers of Haryana. The Haryana chief minister has sought a support of Rs. 4,050 crore for the state owing to the deficit rainfall. Apart from the financial support sought by the state, minister of rural development Jairam Ramesh announced Rs 230 crores for drinking water purposes and watershed management in Haryana.
The farmers across the state are a worried lot with rain deficit of 70 per cent in most of the districts. The crops sown till the end of the first week of August were on 22 lakh hectares as against the target of 30.75 lakh hectares. The most affected districts are Rewari, Mewat, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Gurgaon and Manesar, which fall in southern Haryana. And farmers did look for the government’s intervention.
Out of all the crops the worst hit is the paddy crop though CM Hooda has demanded a bonus of Rs. 200 per quintal for paddy and Rs 100 per quintal for other crops on account of the extra cost incurred by them in terms of electricity and towards the loss.
Just when the farmers were staring at a complete drought, came the downpour which is just not enough, even as the government is grappling with technicality where a drought may not be declared because of alternate means of irrigation however few and far between, and the chance3s of the farmers getting a full-fledged support diminishing.
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