Demanding that a wet drought be declared in the state, Opposition Leader Ajit Pawar on Thursday said that farmers hit by heavy rains and flooding should be given Rs 75,000 per hectare as compensation. Pawar is on a tour of the rain-hit Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts of Vidarbha.
“About 10 lakh hectares of area have been hit by the rains and subsequent flooding. Of this, about 25,000 hectares are in the Gadchiroli district alone. We demand that the criteria of the State Disaster Response Force be set aside and those affected be given Rs 75,000 per hectare,” Pawar told reporters in Gadchiroli. Later, he visited Chandrapur district.
Pawar said that despite instructions and assurances from the main minister and deputy chief minister, no panchnama was carried out by the government. “Farmers have been asked to submit Aadhaar cards and applications. If panchnamas are not carried out, how can the government extend the aid?” He asked.