Mathura, 2015.04.16 (TOI): Farmers in the district, who have been battling inclement weather for over a month, were in for a shock on Wednesday after it started pouring again. Whatever little hope they had for the salvation of their damaged crops was also thrashed.
While there was heavy downpour in Chata and Naujheel tehsils, Mathura and Vrindavan just witnessed a drizzle.
“The farmers are still busy salvaging whatever is left on the field and were expecting dry weather as per the forecast but cloud formation around 2pm today increased the heart-beats again,” said a farmer from Chaumuhan, Roop Kishore.
In the refinery thana area, lightning hit a farmer’s field in Ladpur village and burnt to ashes whatever was left of his crop in four bighas of land. The victim, Chandrapal, is from Alipur village. Farmers were angry that no official of the tehsil had visited the village to console the him.
Meanwhile, resentment continues to build up against the state government for the lopsided and shoddy compensation policy. The administration and families of deceased farmers are at loggerheads. While families have been insisting that the deaths of farmers have been caused by the shock or heart failure due to crop losses, the administrative officials seem reluctant to believe that every death has been a result of the weather. “Some of the deaths were natural of elderly people,” confided a village level functionary.
ADM Dheerendra Sachan told TOI “We are acting quickly, much faster than officials anywhere else. So far, we have distributed around Rs 16 crores to 23,063 farmers. We had asked for Rs 331 crores but that could take another month or so.”
The level of frustration and depression also continues to rise among farmers. Many families that had planned marriages this summer have been completely shattered. “Those who had taken loans from private money lenders are feeling the heat and are under tremendous pressure. These conditions call for constructive work by social activists and psychiatric counsellers. One hopes the conditions do not compel people to turn violent,” said social activist Manoj Choudhary.