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Haryana CM Releases Rs 181 Cr For Crop Loss Compensation

Through the e-Kshatipurti portal, the Khattar government sent the settlement money directly into the accounts of the farmers

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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana's Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday distributed Rs 181 crore to farmers who had suffered Rabi crop loss as a result of unseasonal rain and hailstorms, providing a significant measure of relief to the state's farmers. Through the e-Kshatipurti portal, the Khattar government sent the settlement money directly into the accounts of the farmers.

"According to a particular study we conducted on crop damage, crop damage was observed on 2.09 lakh acres across 18 districts. I had vowed to compensate my farmer brothers for the loss of their crops," said Khattar, who digitally distributed the settlement payment, "Today an amount of Rs 181 crore was paid as compensation to 67,758 farmers for damage to wheat, mustard, and rapeseed crops.

Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, and Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister J P Dalal were also present on the occasion. The deputy commissioners attended the programme through video conferencing.

"Officers concerned should make sure that all farmers are registered on the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal so that they can receive their compensation on time. The time when farmers had to wait years to receive their recompense is long gone. Reforms in e-governance have made it so that farmers receive their compensation on schedule. An important historical step towards enhancing transparency in the crop loss compensation application, verification, and award processes is the creation of the e-Kshatipurti portal. The compensation is paid directly through this portal into the farmer's verified account listed on the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal. No further registration is required for this other than on this webpage," Khattar continued.

Khattar had recently conducted a tour of the rain-hit villages to assess the damage to crops due to rain. He had promised the farmers to release the compensation amount in May.

According to a government spokesperson, “This is the first time that the farmers have got the compensation directly into their bank accounts, while earlier it used to be given through deputy commissioners.”