Minister for Health and Family Welfare and in charge of Hassan district Aravind Limbavali has assured a “fair compensation” to farmers who suffered losses due to the breach of the Hemavati Left Bank Canal near Narayanapura in Channarayapatna.
The canal breached on the night of November 11 and the water gushed into large tracts of farmland.
The Minister was speaking at the tri-monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting here on Friday. He said the government would ensure that farmers got “fair compensation”. Officials had been instructed to assess the loss and submit a detailed report, he added.
Joint Director of Agriculture B. Shivaraj told the Minister that he had visited the affected areas and assessed the crop loss.
“The loss estimation is in the final stages. As many as 155 farmers owning 117 acres of land in all have been affected. Standing paddy crop and coconut palms have been damaged. We are assessing the loss at the rate of 25 quintal of paddy an acre,” he said. The officer said that farmers would also require assistance to clear the debris collected on their land, restore fertility of the soil and rebuild bunds meant for marking boundaries.
Legislators H.S. Prakash, Patel Shivarm and Rudresh Gowda demanded that the government release compensation in proportion to the loss suffered by farmers.
District Health Officer Shyamala Devi informed the Minister that 64 posts of specialist doctor were vacant in the district.
Mr. Limbavali said the government had made rural service compulsory for fresh medical graduates.
155 farmers owning 117 acres of land in all have been affected 64 posts of specialist doctor vacant in Hassan district
155 farmers owning 117 acres of land in all have been affected
64 posts of specialist doctor vacant in Hassan district