Kejriwal announces aid to farmers hit by untimely rains

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a compensation of  Rs.50,000 per hectare or  Rs.20,000 per acre of damaged crops for farmers in the city hit by unseasonal rains and hailstorm. He said it was possibly the highest compensation announced by any state government to farmers.

“I am not doing any favour to you. This is your money and it is going back to you. Earlier the money was being stolen. Now the money is being put to right use. I am told that this is the highest compensation announced by any state government. With this announcement, it is important to send a message to other state governments where farmers are committing suicide. If this can happen in Delhi, then why can’t it happen in Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat?” Kejriwal said.

On Saturday, Kejriwal conducted a field visit of many villages in Narela, Bawana and Mundka constituencies to take stock of farmers’ condition. Speaking at the ‘Sahyog Rally’ at Mundka in West Delhi he said both farmers and soldiers are important for the country and his government’s priority is to take care of both.

“Farmers and soldiers are crucial for the country. Without soldiers guarding our borders, we cannot lead a peaceful and happy life.

Without farmers, we won’t be able to produce food. This is why our government’s priority is to take care of both. We had announced compensation of `1 crore in the past to those from the armed forces and police who have laid down their lives while discharging their duty,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said that during his visit to the villages, farmers complained about not getting tubewell connections for irrigation of their fields. “I have spoken to the CEO of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and have directed to clear the pending applications at the earliest,” he said.

Speaking on AAP’s internal rift, the CM said conspiracies were being hatched to defame the party.

Referring to the slashing of power tariff, Kejriwal said the country is watching the good work done by his government.

“We have reduced the electricity tariff and made water free. We have launched a helpline against corruption…Conspiracies are being hatched to defame us and attempts are being made so that we fail. But God is with us. The TV channels are maligning our image. The media left no stone unturned to ensure our defeat. But the media is with them while people are with us,” he said.

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