Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a special girdawari (surveyorship) to assess the damage caused to the wheat crop due to hailstorm and unseasonal rain across the state.
A Punjab government spokesperson said the Chief Minister had directed all Deputy Commissioners to get the losses incurred by the farmers ascertained immediately to ensure adequate and timely compensation for them.
The DCs have been instructed to initiate the assessment process particularly in regions from where reports of damage to the Rabi wheat crop have been received. The state government was fully committed to adequately compensating the farmers for any losses suffered due to vagaries of the weather, said the spokesperson.
Rains and strong winds in the last 48-hours have worried farmers who are on threshold of wheat harvesting. But the officials in the state denied reports of serious damage to overall crops . "More rains and strong winds in coming days could affect quality of wheat in some areas," a senior official of Punjab agriculture department said.