Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Five districts of Indore division have suffered maximum damage by excessive rains and hailstorm. In 5 districts including Indore, Dhar, Khargone, Barwani and Khandwa, 2 lakh 55 thousand 306 hectare crops have been affected. Survey of loss due to excessive rains and hailstorm in the division after March 4 is being done separately.
This information was given to the Central team who held a meeting after taking stock of crop loss in affected villages at a meeting through a presentation at Indore today. The meeting was attended by 3-member Central study team led by Union Joint Secretary Sanjay Lohiya, Commissioner Sanjay Dube and collectors of 5 districts. From Indore, the team will visit Dhar on March 15 to assess crop loss due to hailstorm there and then leave Dhar for Bhopal.
The Central team inspected crops damaged by excessive rains and hailstorm in Sehore district today. They also interacted with farmers and sought information about crop loss.
Commissioner Bhopal Division S.B. Singh, Sehore Collector Kavindra Kiyawat, officers of Revenue and Agriculture departments were also present on the occasion.
The central team inspected damaged crops in villages Chakaldi and Harmau under Rahti tahsil of the district. They talked to affected farmers. They held discussions with tahsildars through video-conferencing at village Chakaldi.
The team members visited fields affected by hailstorm in villages Muradpur, Malipura and Chachrsi under Ashta tahsil and inspected crop loss. The Central study team was led by S.P. Vashishth, Director, Union Rural Development Department and comprised Manoj Tiwari of Union Water Resources Department and Dr. M.N. Singh, Director, Union Agriculture Department.
Villages of Tikamgarh
Members of a Central study team took stock of crops damaged by excessive rains and hailstorm in 20 villages of Tikamgarh district today. the team members visited villages in Khargapur, Baldevgarh and Tikamgarh tahsils. They also held discussions with affected farmers.
The study team led by Union Under Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Sandeep Saxena also inspected damaged houses. They were accompanied by Sagar division Commissioner R.K. Mathur, Collector Sudam Khande and other officers.
Villages of Vidisha
Members of a Central study team took stock of crops ravaged by excessive rains and hailstorm in villages of Vidisha and Gayaraspur Janpad Panchayats today.
The team comprised Directors of 3 departments. It was led by Director, Union Agriculture Ministry M.N. Singh. Manoj Tiwari of Water Resources Department, S.P. Vashishth of Rural Development Ministry, Bhopal Division Commissioner S.B. Singh, Vidisha Collector M.B. Ojha, Zila Panchayat Chairperson, Gayaraspur SDO Revenue and officers of Agriculture and Revenue departments were present on the occasion.
The team members inspected field of affected farmer Ram Charan at village Vandwa and that of Bundel Singh at village Bori Rampur. Farmer Bundel Singh informed that excessive losses were caused by sudden hailstorm on February 27. Shiv Pratap Singh informed at village Mahua Khera that Sharbati 306 sown by him was completely damaged. Smt. Narmada Bai of Moodra informed about caving in of her house. At village Palki, farmer Mardan Singh showed his ravaged gram crop. Besides, Smt. Pammo Bai, Smt. Parwati Bai and Smt. Shital Bai also narrated about their loss.
Team leader Singh assured the affected persons that their feelings will be conveyed to all concerned so that relief can be provided as per rules. Earlier, the team members took stock of crops battered by excessive rains and hailstorm in villages Mahu, Richhan, Chhapar and Sona Kheri in Sironj development block.
Villages of Raisen
Members of Central study team inspected the crops damaged by excessive rains and hailstorm in a number of villages under Begamganj and Udaipura tahsils in Raisen district today. The team led by Satyaprakash Vashishth also interacted with affected farmers.
The team visited villages Khamkhera, Pandrahbhatta, Sunwaha, Gundrai, Jhamra and Jamuniya under Begamganj tahsil. Villagers apprised the team members about damage to their crops and houses. They were accompanied by Divisional Commissioner S.B. Singh and collector J.K. Jain.
The collector apprised the team members that crops in about 1.50 lakh hectare have been damaged and over 50 percent loss has been registered in 92 thousand hectare. The team members inspected crop loss in about 25 fields at village Khurshuru under Udaipura tahsil. They also visited villages Kuchwada, Lamata and Bankheri.