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Haryana Panchayats Move To HC Challenging State Govt’s Restriction On Paddy Cultivation

24 May 2020 10:02 am
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Mumbai (Commodities Control) – Panchayats of Kurukshetra districts of Haryana have moved to High Court to challenge the State Government decision to restrict paddy cultivation in 8 blocks of Haryana.

In an attempt to arrest the water table decline, the Haryana government has banned the cultivation of paddy on panchayat land ahead of the sowing season.

These eight blocks include Assandh in Karnal district, Pundri in Kaithal district, Radaur in Yamunanagar district, Ambala-I and Saha in Ambala district, Thanesar in Kurukshetra district, Narwana in Jind district and Gannaur in Sonepat district.

Nearly 6 panchayats including one from Kanwar kheri of Thanesar Block in KurukShetra district have challenged State Government’s orders from 23rd April and 9th May.

The government issued directions to the deputy commissioners to ensure that the panchayat land lease out to farmers is not used for cultivating paddy in the coming season.

Although, in the absence of reuired documents the appeal is yet to be accepted. Panchayats have been given time until 28th May to submit necessary data for the same.

Panchayats argue that they are being faced with hefty financial crisis, as the lease rates for the land have dropped from Rs 45,000-50,000 per Acre to Rs 15,000 and lower.

State Agriculture Department, however, believes that, the move will help the government achieve its target of diversifying around 1 lakh hectares of land, out of the total 12.50 lakh hectares under the water-guzzling paddy crop in the state.

However, the decision did not go down well, as many claimed that the move would affect landless and small farmers, who depend on panchayat land.

Last year, the state government had introduced ‘Jal Hi Jeevan Hai’ diversification scheme with a target to shift about 50,000 hectares of land from paddy to other crops in seven out of the aforementioned eight blocks.

Even cash subsidies were awarded to the farmers besides free seeds and free crop insurance cover for adopting the crop diversification technique.

Last month, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had urged various union leaders to encourage farmers to adopt crop diversification.

(Commodities Control Bureau)

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