Petitioner alleges corruption in assessment of loss to crops damaged by weather

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Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to Haryana Chief Secretary and State Vigilance department on a petition alleging rampant corruption in assessment of loss to crops damaged by unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm.

The petitioner Balwant Raj, a resident of Kaithal has sought directions of High Court to the respondents to conduct a vigilance investigation to look into the corruption rampant in the loss assessment for crops damage and distribution of compensation to the farmers.

Crop damaged by unseasonal rain and hailstorm (File photo)

Crop damaged by unseasonal rain and hailstorm (File photo)

The petitioner had stated that his crop had been damaged by unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in June last year. He had applied for the compensation but was denied. The petitioner stated that Tehsildar reported to the Sub Divisional Magistrate that he had visited the spot along with the respectable persons and found that the petitioner’s crop had not been damaged and the compensation had been disbursed to the deserving persons and therefore he opined that it would be appropriate to close the matter.

The petitioner stated that the crop in the adjoining field, sharing boundary with the petitioner’s land had been shown as got damaged due to rain, whereas the petitioner’s land was shown to have escaped unhurt of natural calamity. Moreover, on his representation on CM window, the enquiry was conducted by the same set of officers who, as per the allegations of Petitioner, were beneficiaries of the corruption in disbursement of compensation to farmers.

After hearing the arguments, Justice Rajesh Bindal of High Court has posted the matter for March 21, 2016.

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