Manawar : The government has disbursed money for payment of compensation to the farmers affected by the excess rains and hailstorm during last Rabi season; but, the money is still not reaching to many of the affected farmers. Earlier, the advent of parliamentary election delayed the payment of compensation and now, when the amount has arrived in the service cooperative society here, the distribution is still getting delayed, due to lack of staff with the society.

Because of the slow process of distribution of compensation money by the society, the farmers are taking rounds of its office in Manawar, daily, but when their ‘number’ does not come, they have to return empty handed. The society named as ‘Aadim Jati Sewa Sahakari Samitee’ has 22 villages under its purview. It has the responsibility of distributing Rs 1.68 crore to 3,768 farmers as the compensation.

As per the directions given, at first the society has to open an account of the beneficiary with zero deposit. But for that, the identity proof of the farmer is needed and after opening the account, the farmers can get payments after signing on an account’s slip and a withdrawal slip. Obviously, this process with the illiterate farmers takes time and with little staff, some farmers get the money and others have to go back.

The society started the process on May 19 and in a month’s time; around 2500 farmers could get the compensation and around 1200 are still waiting. Most of them have taken rounds of the society for dozens of times, with the hope that their ‘number’ may come today. Former Mandi president Gyarasilal Thakur and many other farmers expressed this problem of the affected farmers, but the society has no solution of the problem of lack of staff. The branch manager Raghubir Singh Thakur said that, the problem is of more work and less staff, but now, the distribution work will be completed soon.

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