Double compensation for natural disasters, Majithia urges Indian government

Chandigarh/New Delhi/May 14
Punjab’s Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Monday urged Indian government to double the amount of compensation for damages in natural calamities.
“Keeping in view the rising input costs in agriculture and its more vulnerability to adverse climatic challenges, it becomes imperative to double this amount immediately,” Majithia said, adding that Punjab government was paying Rs 5000 per acre i.e. Rs 12,500 per hectare by itself bleeding for this huge difference.
Majithia demanded that compensation for loss of cattle heads and house due to various natural calamities should also be double by Indian government.
Majithia was addressing the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) that is being held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Vigyan Bhawan.
“Keeping in view the gravity of various disasters right from flash floods to earthquakes, industrial, air, train and road accidents, it was a high time to chalk out our effective Disaster Management Plans both at National as well as states level to deal with any eventuality besides ensuring preventive measures,” Majithia added.