Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned farmers and most of the people are being informed to bang ‘Taali and Thali (claps and plates)’ when there’s a locust assault.
- Final Up to date: June 29, 2020, 12:43 AM IST
The Congress on Sunday demanded that the federal government ought to declare locust assaults a pure catastrophe and farmers be given compensation underneath the crop insurance coverage scheme.
The demand got here after swarms of crop-destroying locusts entered Gurgaon in Haryana, border areas of the nationwide capital and over half a dozen districts in Uttar Pradesh, prompting state authorities to sound an alert. The Centre had mentioned it has deputed extra groups to help in management operations.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed that the farmers and most of the people are being informed to bang ‘Taali and Thali (claps and plates)’ when there’s a locust assault.
“Typically the ineffective authorities prescribes ‘taali-thaali’ resolution for the coronavirus pandemic, whereas at different instances it prescribes it to take care of the locust assaults,” Surjewala mentioned in a press release.
“Is there no different scientific and rational resolution left with the federal government?” he requested.
Locust swarms have attacked crops in Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and western Uttar Pradesh. Now these assaults have reached Delhi, he mentioned.
Farmers from greater than 84 districts of those states have been badly affected by the assault of locusts from Pakistan, Surjewala mentioned.
“At the moment, greater than 10 lakh hectare of farm land has been affected by locust swarms, however no reduction has been supplied to farmers,” he mentioned.
Rahul Gandhi had warned the federal government concerning the difficulty, however like on coronavirus, the federal government didn’t act, the Congress’ chief spokesperson alleged.
Insurance coverage firms are refusing to compensate the farmers for the losses suffered by the locusts underneath the crop insurance coverage scheme as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t embody the locust swarm assault within the definition of “pure catastrophe”, Surjewala mentioned.
The Congress calls for that compensation to farmers be paid underneath the crop insurance coverage scheme by together with locust assault within the definition of “pure catastrophe” by the Division of Agriculture and the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA), Surjewala mentioned.
A particular reduction bundle ought to be given to all farmers after particular ‘girdawari’ (survey) of the destroyed crops, he mentioned.
Surjewala mentioned a scientific and rational resolution should be discovered to the locust assaults occurring since greater than 75 days on agricultural lands, timber and vegetation.