HYDERABAD: A Telangana High Court division bench, made up of Acting Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Judge T Vinod Kumar, on Tuesday ordered the state government to take three-month action to list and assess the extensive crop damage that took place across the state due to excessive and relentless rains in September and October 2020.
The division bench ordered the state government to extend aid / assistance in the form of agricultural input subsidy within one month under the National Disaster Management Act 2005 to all farmers, including sharecroppers. The bench also ordered the state to take steps to provide additional and appropriate assistance to marginal small farmers, who have suffered huge economic losses in the absence of crop insurance coverage, within four month.
The court delivered the judgment in a PIL filed by Vissa Kiran Kumar and two others from Hyderabad, asking the Telangana government to immediately initiate the process of field enumeration of crop and livestock losses suffered by farmers due to incessant rains. , who lambasted the state during the months of September and October 2020.
The petitioner’s lawyer said that many farmers committed suicide, unable to bear the losses. After hearing the two parties at length, the division bench had previously reserved its orders and pronounced the same on Tuesday. The court called on the state for failing to inform the farmers of the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana.