To offer some relief to the farmers hit by unseasonal rains and hailstorm, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation fund of Rs 36 crore for the ryots in the national capital.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday.
An estimated 19,000 acres of farm land has been hit by the rains and around 30,000 to 40,000 farmers will be offered compensation, a government official said.
Earlier, Kejriwal had also announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 per acre of damaged crops.
The government is also planning to provide subsidy to farmers on the purchase of seeds and fertilizers. “The development department is preparing its plan to implement this measure,” the Delhi chief minister had said.
To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.
The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.
The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.
The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.
“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.
The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.
It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.
“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.