Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday asked the revenue department to assess the loss to crops due to the recent hailstorm in the state so that the compensation process could be put on fast track.
Talking to a delegation of farmers from Khansahib, Budgam and other areas here during the weekly Awami Mulaqat (public meeting), Omar said the loss to crops due to hailstorms would be assessed to provide compensation to the affected farmers.
"A comprehensive and detailed report should be formulated so that the compensation process is put on fast track," he said.
According to a spokesperson, the Chief Minister said that the development of agriculture and allied sectors is receiving attention.
While agriculture has been almost kept out of the tax regime, special packages for increasing per hectare production and productivity have been provided to the farmers, horticulturists, animal rearers and entrepreneurs investing in these sectors, Omar said.
As many as 49 delegations and scores of individuals met the Chief Minister during Friday’s public meeting and apprised him about various matters, the spokesman said.
The Chief Minister referred the cases to the departments concerned for early action while disposed many cases of urgent public importance on the spot, he added.