October 27th, 2017
A farmer hailing from Orai in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh has made an allegation that the cavalcade of the state jail minister, Jai Kumar Singh Jaiki, comprising 35 vehicles ran over his farm and destroyed the seeds that he had sown the other day, as reports Hindustan Times.
The Minister has claimed that a compensation of Rs 4000 has been paid to Devendra Kumar Dohrey, the farmer. However, Dohrey has pointed out that the amount paid as compensation is insignificant when compared to his loss of Rs 35,000 that he had spent on his farm.
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The MInister was in Orai for the ceremony of ‘bhumi puja’ of a cow shelter that was made by the municipality. The cow shelter was located near the farm, and in an attempt to take a shorter route, the cavalcade took the shorter route through Dohrey’s field. In doing so, it allegedly ran over the area where he had sown mustard seeds.
Dohrey on witnessing this, ran after the vehicles till he reached the venue of the inauguration of the cow shelter. But, he was not allowed to enter the site to meet the Minister.
While the Minister was returning, Dohrey threw himself in front of the car and Jaiki was forced to come out of the car. He patted on the shoulders of the aggrieved farmer, handed him Rs 2000 and then left the site.
The minister later said that the incident took place mistakenly as it was not possible to understand if the field had any crops because of darkness.
“Damage was only in a small area,” he said and blamed the organisers of the function for planning the wrong route.
Singh also said that Jalaun MLA Gauri Shankar compensated the farmer with Rs 4,000 and the Zila panchayat chief had been sent to check if more damages needed to be paid.
The Logical Indian Take
Dohrey was another struggling farmer who was trying to make his both ends meet in the drought-affected area of Bundelkhand.
“I had planted mustard and wheat seeds last week, hoping the crops will help me tide over my problems. But now, the vehicles ran all over my field and destroyed the seeds,” Dohrey reportedly said in a dejected tone.
The Logical Indian condemns the careless act of the Minister as well as the fact that the distraught farmer was just handed over a meagre sum of Rs 4000 for his loss of Rs 35,000. We hope that the case of the farmer is taken into consideration and he is given his due amount.