Jaipur: Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria said on Monday that the state government has given instructions for special crop assessment (Girdawari) for damage caused to rabi crops due to hailstorm, frost and cold wave. He said that the state government is committed to give proper compensation to the affected farmers. Kataria was speaking on behalf of the government in the state assembly regarding the situation arising out of frost and cold wave.
He said, “I assure the House that we will take full care of this special girdawari and every effort will be made to give full compensation to the farmers for the loss.” He said that Rabi crops have been sown in 109.55 lakh hectares in 2022-23.
According to initial estimates, the damage to wheat, barley and gram crops ranges from 2 to 40 percent. Mustard crop and horticulture crops have also suffered a lot.
The damage mainly took place in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Jalore, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Sikar, Bharatpur, Pali, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pratapgarh.
He said that there has been damage due to hailstorm in all the areas of the state. All the District Magistrates have been directed to conduct an immediate survey in this regard and send the report of special Girdawari to the Disaster Management Department.
The Village Level Revenue Officer (Patwari) will go to the spot and report the damage to the crops to the collector.
He told the House that relief is being given to the affected farmers as per the rules of Disaster Relief Fund and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
He asked the public representatives to inform the department on getting information about crop damage so that the affected farmers could get help at all levels.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Gulabchand Kataria demanded that the government should take steps to provide relief to the affected farmers at the earliest.
Pointing to the demand raised by some members during the discussion, Chairman CP Joshi asked the government to involve public representatives in the process of special Girdawari. He said that the government should inform the House again after the above process is completed.