BJP Kissan Morcha concerned over delay in release of water in Canals

JAMMU: Expressing his serious concern over delay in release of water in Ranbir canal, BJP J&K Kissan Morcha president, Omi Khajuria has said that the delay in the desilting and repair of the canals by the concerned contractors have resulted in delay of the release of water making the farmers to suffer. He urged upon the Lieutenant Governor J&K Girish Chandra Murmu to intervene in the matter for early redressal of the problem.
In statement issued here today, Khajuria said as the delaying tactics concerned contractors have resulted into sufferings of the farmers, the compensation should be released in favour of farmers for the losses by deducting amount from the bills of the said contractors.
Demanding granting some relaxation in the ongoing lockdown for agriculture activities with a view to address problems being faced by the farming community, Khajuria said that the farmers are worried over the harvesting season in view of the restrictions on the movement of the people and they are not in a position to contact and engage required number of labourers for this activity.
Like in other parts of country, farmers in Jammu also rely on farm labourers and there is severe shortage of labour as most of them returned home to their villages due to ongoing lockdown, Khajuria said adding that shortage of labour will hobble harvesting of crops.
As the Union Home Ministry has already exempted farm operations from the lockdown rules to ensure that farmers don’t face problems in the ongoing harvesting season, the District Administration of all the districts must ensure the directives reach down the line in the administration from the offices of the Deputy Commissioners for compliance of Home Ministry’s order so that farmers do not face any difficulty in their day-to-day activities.

The farmers had already suffered excessive losses due to heavy rains in last October, November and hailstorm which destroyed their both Kharif and Rabi crops completely, he said demanding that Government should assess the losses suffered by recent hailstorm in Jammu region and pay compensation to farmers accordingly.
He also appealed to the farmers to maintain Social distancing and wear masks and take other preventive measures as announced by administration to contain the spread of COVID 19 pandemic.