Punjab

Stubble trouble, smoky scheme, Punjab government’s scheme to compensate farmers Rs 2500 is basically faulty

Raghbir Singh Brar | November 20, 2019 07:25 PM

How can a sarpanch or secretary verify claims when they do not have revenue record?

Politically motivated and divisive, alleges kisan union

 Faridkot: The scheme to compensate the farmers for not burning paddy stubble, which was rolled out on November 13, was basically faulty and tends to lead to misinformation.

The government had announced after the Apex could pulled the up the chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to compensate the farmers with less than 5 acres of land with Rs 2500 per acre.

As per the order of the government, the declaration of the farmers in such cases who claimed that they had not burnt the paddy stubble or would not burn the stubble had to be verified by the village Sarpanch or the Punchayat secretaries.

 

It is not possible for a village Sarpanch to verify the land record of a farmer which he does not have and besides it, as far as the Panchayat secretaries are concerned, they have more than one villages under their operation.

The farmers allege that the scheme was even politically motivated and faulty despite being too late for implementation.

After disbursing nearly 20 crore to about 29000 farmers, about 5000 farmers were found with the wrong claims and the government has to order further tiresome verification by suspending the disbursement midway.

“The scheme is very faulty. Neither the village sarpanches nor panchayat secretaries have any land record with them. They may  not know each and every farmer and also cannot maintain a record who has not burnt the stubble. Actually the scheme has political hue because the sarpanches would see the political affiliation of the farmers. Even some genuine claims would be rejected and ingenuine would be verified,” alleged Jagjeet Singh Dallewal, state president of Bharti Kisan Union Sidhupore-Ekta.”

“While the government has the record of the land with Patwaris and the record of the sold produce is with the market committees, the compensation should be given according to this record . In fact, government wanted to show its progress before the next date of hearing November 25 in Apex court,” Dallewal alleged with insincere approach.

Even the Basmati growers were also left out of the scheme.”The land record is also a problem in itself as many farmers are small farmers but they have joint holdings. In some cases there is 20 acres of land in the name of the head of the family but division has gone down to less than 3 acres of land in third generation,” said Sukhjinder Singh, a farmer.

As a large number of farmers who do agriculture on land hiring on annual contracts, have also been unable to benefit from it as the compensation has to go to the owner of the land instead of the cultivator (Kashatkar)

“The small farmers hire the land from other farmers on annual contract and there is very tough competition of hiring land among the farmers. The owners lend the land to the highest payer and do not agree to pay them any concession for not burring stubble. So now it is upto the lender whether to pay that compensation to the real person who does agriculture on the land or not,” said a farmer.

“The scheme would further add to the already existing groupism in the villages and spoil personal relations of the farmers with different political affiliations. So these issues needed to be redressed,” said Jagjeet Singh Dallewal.

Now the verification of the cases for stubble burning is being carried out by panchayat secretaries, agriculture department and revenue department to find out in genuine cases. But now the farmers have already sown cultivated their next crops or ploughed the fields.

Women sarpanches also have little knowledge about the land record of the village farmers.

Deputy Commissioner Faridkot Kumar Sourabh Raj could not be contacted despite repeated calls to seek his version about the problem.

Dallewal claimed that we had raised these issues with Kahan Singh Pannu, secretary agriculture during their meeting on Monday and he had told them that the government wanted to benefit more and more farmers and there was no time for remodeling the process.

 

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