Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday distributed the compensation cheques to the farmers who had suffered a crop loss due to recent unseasonal rains.
The cheque distribution process started from Bawana in Delhi in the presence of family members of late Gajendra Singh, a peasant from Rajasthan who had killed himself over the failure of his crop.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader also launched the Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana on the occasion. The scheme will cater to the needs of the peasants who have suffered such losses.
Under the scheme, all those farmers whose entire crop was destroyed would be paid Rs.20,000 per acre and peasants whose crop loss was assessed to be below 70 per cent would get a minimum compensation of Rs.14,000 per acre.
The scheme will also ensure that the benefit of the scheme will only reach out to the grieving farmers and the corporate entities owning land in Delhi will not get the benefit of this scheme.
Earlier, Delhi Cabinet had approved the name of the scheme and the formula for payment of compensation to the peasants on May 1.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.