In­voke MIS Scheme to help snow af­fected or­chardists: Mir

The Northlines - - HILL DISTRICT - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT SRINAGAR NOV 08

Ex­press­ing deep dis­ap­point­ment over the losses suf­fered by the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor in Kash­mir due to un­timely snow­fall this year, PDP spokesman and MLA Rafi­abad Yawar Di­lawar Mir has urged the gover­nor ad­min­is­tra­tion to im­ple­ment the much hyped Mar­ket In­ter­ven­tion Scheme that has been sus­pended for un­known rea­sons. As­ton­ished over the sus­pen­sion of the MIS Scheme, Mir has said that it seems the Gover­nor has not been briefed by his ad­min­is­tra­tion about the con­tours of this farmer friendly scheme. The MLA Rafi­abad ob­served that the cen­tral and the state gov­ern­ments must take into con­sid­er­a­tion the qual­ity of ap­ple pro­duce that has been loss due to the re­cent snow­fall while for­mu­lat­ing a com­pen­sa­tion pack­age for the or­chardists. The PDP spokesman said: "It is not a favour to the or­chardists that they will re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion against the dam­ages caused to their ap­ple pro­duce. But the com­pen­sa­tion should com­men­su­rate with the qual­ity of the ap­ple pro­duce lost due to the snow­fall." He said the MIS Scheme was mainly launched with a sep­a­rate bud­getary pro­vi­sion in the state just to help the or­chardists and farm­ers whose crops and fruit pro­duce are hit with any cri­sis or a nat­u­ral calamity. Mir said that one fails to un­der­stand that why the Hor­ti­cul­ture Plan­ning and Mar­ket­ing de­part­ment has sus­pended the MIS Scheme which was im­ple­mented here for the last more than one decade to pro­vide min­i­mum sup­port price to the fruit grow­ers in Kash­mir. He said while it is ap­pre­cia­ble that the State's chief sec­re­tary has urged the gov­ern­ment of In­dia for assess­ment of dam­ages to agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors this time, the Gover­nor ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever, must use its own re­sources by im­ple­ment­ing MIS

Scheme to com­pen­sate the snow af­fected or­chardists. (KNS)

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