1. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal announces compensation for farmers

AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal announces compensation for farmers

Arvind Kejriwal today announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 for per acre of damaged crops to farmers of the national capital...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2015 10:28 PM
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“We will provide a relief of Rs 20,000 per acre to farmers who have faced losses due to crop damage. This is the highest compensation announced by any government so far,” Kejriwal said at Mundka. (PTI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 for per acre of damaged crops to farmers of the national capital and said his government will fulfill all the promises made by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the run up to Delhi assembly polls.

Addressing a rally at Mundka in West Delhi, Kejriwal said farmers of Delhi have faced huge losses due to unseasonal rains and AAP government would always stand by them in their time of difficulty.

“We will provide a relief of Rs 20,000 per acre to farmers who have faced losses due to crop damage. This is the highest compensation announced by any government so far,” he said.

Referring to the rift in AAP, Kejriwal claimed there have been efforts to defame him.

The Chief Minister also listed various initiatives taken by his government and said giving 50 per cent power subsidy to around 90 per cent of the total consumers was a major decision.

Congress and BJP could not slash power tariff. We could do it as our intention is very clear,” he said.
A number of AAP MLAs were also present in the meeting.

Kejriwal is addressing a similar rally tomorrow at Karawal Nagar where he is expected to make a significant announcement for unauthorised colonies.

Referring to the rift in AAP, Kejriwal said efforts are being made to defame him.

“The country is watching the good work done by the government. Congress and BJP could not slash power tariff. We could do it as our intention is very pure. We have reduced the electricity tariff and made water free. We have started a helpline for corruption.

“But the way we are working, foundation of various forces have been shaken. Conspiracies are being hatched to defame us and attempts are being made so that we fail. But God is with us. The TV channels are maligning our image. The media left no stone unturned to ensure our defeat. But the media is with them while people are with us,” he said.

“Farmers and soldiers are crucial to the country. Without soldiers guarding our border, we cannot lead a peaceful and happy life. Without farmers, we won’t be able to produce food. This is why our government’s priority is to take care of both.

“We had announced compensation of Rs 1 crore in the past to those from the armed forces and police who have laid down their lives while discharging their duty,” Kejriwal said.

Earlier, the chief minister conducted a field visit of many villages in Narela, Bawana and Mundka constituencies to take stock of farmers’ condition. He said the compensation amount was agreed upon following a survey conducted by officials.

“If there are any objections in the compensation offered by the state government, the village panchayat, officials and the local MLA will sit and sort the issue out. Whatever the panchayat decides will be acceptable to the government,” Kejriwal said.

He also announced the government’s plan to provide subsidy to farmers on the purchase of seeds and fertilizers and said the administration is working on the issue. During his visit, Kejriwal said farmers also raised the issue of benefit of cheap electricity extended to their counterparts in other states, to which he assured them to look into the matter.

Kejriwal said that during his visit to the villages, farmers complained about not getting tube well connections for irrigation of their fields. “I have spoke to the CEO of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and have directed to clear the pending applications at the earliest,” the chief minister said.

“I have not forgotten the promises made during the polls and I remember them all,” Kejriwal said, referring to the land reforms issues, Lal Dora and upgrading the infrastructure in rural Delhi.

“An announcement on extending the Lal Dora area will be made soon,” he said.

The AAP chief also evoked the name of former Delhi chief Minister Sahib Singh Varma in his rally “who was considered to be very popular among the farmers” and the compensation announcement will “soothe the soul of late Sahib Singhji wherever he is.”

“Today we have gathered at the samadhi of Sahib Singh Vermaji to discuss grave issues related to farmers. Sahib Singh Vermaji was a very big leader of farmers in Delhi.”

“Whichever party he belonged to but all the farmers of Delhi highly respected him and whenever the farmers faced any crisis, he forcefully raised those issues. It’s remarkable that we have assembled to discuss farmers issues at his Samdahi,” Kejriwal said.

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