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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal declares unprecedented compensation to rain-hit farmers; highest ever by any government in India

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) issued unprecedented compensation to the farmers whose crops have been destroyed by the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

The decision of the Arvind Kejriwal led government to provide a compensation of Rs. 50,000 per hectare (Rs 20,000 per acre) to every affected farmer is highest ever by any government in India.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also declared other steps including subsidy to farmers for the purchase of seeds and fertilizers. He reiterated at a public meeting held at Mundka assembly constituency that his government is committed to safeguarding the interests of farmers in Delhi.

Each decision of the AAP government has highlighted its pro-people moral fiber, and it is also expected that the farmer compensation in Delhi will set an example for other states where the unseasonal rains have destroyed farmers’ crops.

Chief Minster stated that, “The compensation amount was agreed upon following the survey conducted by officials. Objections by farmers if any about the extent of loss will be decided in the panchayat meetings where respective MLAs and concerned officials of the area will be present.”

Kejriwal, on farmers’ complaints of not getting tubewell connections for irrigating the fields, said that Delhi Jal Board has been directed to clear the pending applications at the earliest. Also, the announcement of considering the demand of farmers of cheap electricity (different slabs) for farming was also made by the CM.

AAP also appealed to all of its volunteers to corroborate a resounding success of the April 22, 2015, march to Parliament against the Modi government’s anti-farmer land acquisition ordinance.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)