Compensation to tsunami affected farmers likely during HM’s visit: MP

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
5 Apr 2017

Decision on a number of pending demands of  islanders particularly daily rated workers employed in government agencies and tsunami affected farmers here is expected during the visit of the Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, informed the Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray on Wednesday. Sharing details about the visit of the Home Minister, Mr Ray said that immediately on arrival, Mr Singh will pay homage to freedom fighters at Cellular Jail after which he will attend a high-level meeting at Raj Niwas. The Home Minister will also visit Guptapara at 9 am on April 7 besides addressing attending a civic reception at ITF Ground at 5 pm on the same day.
Issues like grant of 1/30th of pay plus DA scheme of the Govt. of India to the daily rated mazdoors employed in APWD (2773), Health Department (42), Animal Husbandry (50), Fisheries (8), Agriculture (37), Municipal Council (292) etc and compensation @Rs.9.39 lakhs  per hectare without insisting of surrender of their land submerged during tsunami to around 1203 victims will figure prominently during the meeting.
“The issue relating to adequate compensation to farmers who lost their land during tsunami without having to surrender their submerged land was raised on several occasions including the then Central Government, but the issue still remains unresolved despite assurance from the former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. Compensation to tsunami affected farmers was one of the major commitments made by the BJP in its election manifesto in 2014. The concern of farmers was also brought to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his intervention is set to bring huge respite for the affected farmers, said Mr Ray.