By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 30 Sep: Chakrata MLA and former state president of the Congress Pritam Singh today submitted a memorandum to Chief Secretary SS Sandhu demanding compensation for farmers whose crops had been damaged due to heavy rains. He also sought compensation for those whose properties had been damaged in the heavy rains that hit areas of Vikasnagar and Jaunsar Bawar of Pachhwa Doon region.
He informed the Chief Secretary that people had to face a lot of problems due to heavy rains. During this the villagers had to suffer a lot and many houses were damaged. However, so far no compensation has been provided to those whose crops or houses were damaged due to which there is lot of resentment among the people of Pachhwa Doon.
Chakrata MLA Pritam Singh said that officers ought to have visited the places from where the reports of house or crop damages had been received but, instead, remained seated in Dehradun. In the letter, Singh has also mentioned that, when he went on a tour to the area affected by the divine calamity on 27 September, after seeing the terrible situation there, he spoke to the District Officer and Chief Development Officer. Apart from this, an attempt was made to contact the Secretary, Disaster Management, as well. But he could not be contacted. He urged the District Magistrate to send officials to the area to assess the situation. Thousands of bighas of land has been destroyed and is no more cultivable. Even the roads in the area are badly damaged and closed. Singh urged the Chief Secretary to direct the officials to assess losses and payment of compensation.