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Monday, 13 July 2020

Rain a pain for paddy growers in Karnal

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 12

Rain in the district in the last two days has flooded hundreds of acres in more than 10 villages in Assandh and Nilokheri blocks. Paddy crop in these fields has been submerged, leading to losses to farmers. They have urged the government to order a special 'girdawari' to assess the losses.

"Around 50 acres have been submerged in Ruksana village and we are facing losses as the paddy crop has been flooded," said Darshan Singh, a farmer.

Gagandeep Singh of Uplana village said the main reason for the flood-like situation was non-cleaning of drains. He claimed the authorities did not pay heed to their grievance despite requests.

Rishpal Singh of Borshyam village said: "Due to continuous rain and poor drainage, my crop had got submerged. I request the government to conduct a special 'girdawari' to calculate the losses of farmers." Assandh MLA Shamsher Singh Gogi inspected the area and alleged that the authorities did not bother to clean the drains before the monsoon, leading to the present situation.

"I visited various areas and found farmers having suffered losses. I have sent details to the Chief Secretary and DC and will apprise the CM about the poor drainage in the Assandh block," said the Congress MLA.

Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said: "A 'girdawari' will be conducted to determine the losses."

from The Tribune

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