Himachal HC comes to rescue of villagers for crop damage relief

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the Secretary (Revenue) and the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla to finalise benefits for the damages suffered to the crop of the residents of Jubbal tehsil of Shimla district due to hailstorm in 2007 within three months.

According to the petitioners, their crops were badly affected by hailstorm in 2007. Official from the horticulture department and tehsildar of Jubbal block assessed the loss and identified the eligible persons. The Rohru SDM in August 2007 reported the loss of Rs 60 lakh as assessed by the tehsildar and 1,350 cases were identified for payment of damages.

The petitioners added that the DC had informed them that the matter was referred to the Additional Chief Secretary in July,2007 and after receipt of the necessary funds, same would be disbursed to the eligible persons. Even after two years the amount was not released in favour of eligible persons as per the petition.

The judgement speaks of the sorry state of affairs in the state where the farmers are now seeking relief from the courts as the decisions gets delayed due to red tapism in the government. The court must impose penalty in such cases to teach a lesson to the erring officials.

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