Natural Disaster-Hit Sheep Farmers Awaiting Compensation Since June

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“We urgently need the compensation to prepare for the winter. We have already suffered huge losses this year and this delay will cause more losses.”

SRINAGAR- Sheep farmers and breeders Thursday denounced Pulwama admin for delaying compensation for their livestock they lost in the rare summer snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir.

The snowfall had occurred in highland pastures across Kashmir valley between 19 and 22 June.

A month later, on July 20, LG Manoj Sinha had declared the summer snowfall as a “state specific natural disaster” under SDRF norms.

Subsequently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had ordered all deputy commissioners to provide compensation to the affected individuals and families.

But while some sheep farmers and breeders have been provided compensation nearly three months ago, many said they are yet to receive any compensation from Pulwama administration.

“Six months have already passed and we’re yet to receive the compensation for the calamity that consumed 7000 sheep in the valley,” a sheep farmer from Pulwama who lost his livestock in the pasturelands of Nagaberi and Marsar, told Kashmir Observer.

An official of District Sheep Husbandry Office passed the buck to the Pulwama deputy commissioner’s officer and said the compensation file is pending there for last nearly two months.

“We have verified the details and sent the file to the (Pulwama) DC office but there is no word back from there,” an official of the Pulwama District Sheep Husbandry said.

It’s unfair that the compensation verified by the Sheep Husbandry department is being withheld by Pulwama administration without any valid reason, a sheep breeder from Kakapora tehsil of Pulwama said.

“The undue and unwarranted delay in the release of compensation is badly hurting our preparation for the winter,” he said.

“We urgently need the compensation to prepare for the winter. We have already suffered huge losses this year and this delay will cause more losses.”

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