Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Farmers have asked the government to form a committee with Agriculture Officers and revenue officials to identify the real victims in recent rains so that compensation could be paid to all those who lost crop, irrespective of their status as tenant farmers or owners.

At a meeting here on Friday, the farmers did not want bankers to be involved in the process of identifying the beneficiaries. District Collector B. Venkatesham flatly refused to bring in Markfed for buying chilli as that could be done to only stabilise the market price but not in such operations.