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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM (IST)CROP LOSS IN FIRE

Hooda for Rs 30,000 relief per acre

Hooda for Rs30,000 relief per acre

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20

Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today demanded Rs 30,000 per acre as compensation to farmers whose wheat crops have burnt in recent fire incidents due to electric sparks or otherwise.

In a statement issued here today, Hooda said while the kharif crop was normally damaged due to drought or floods, unseasonal rain, fire or hailstorm are generally responsible for loss to the rabi crop.

Hooda alleged the purpose of the PMFBY was merely to loot farmers and fill the coffers of insurance companies.

He alleged that insurance companies had received Rs 256 lakh as a premium for insurance of the kharif crop but farmers had been paid a very low amount against it.

Hooda said the MSP was almost doubled in 10 years during the UPA government so that farmers were not fleeced but the hike during the present BJP regime had been very low.

He said if he came to power again, he would scrap the PMFBY and take effective steps for improving the condition of farmers.

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