|India hands farmer US$1 for his troubles
A middle-aged Indian farmer who says his home and crops were badly damaged by floods this year has received government compensation of just 80 rupees (US$1.31), a report said.
Sonba Ganpat Bawne, 55, from the poverty-hit Vidarbha region in the western state of Maharashtra, said he had spent 14,000 rupees (US$230) repairing his home after the flooding, according to the NDTV news network.
He said he received a check from the local government. The amount he got was less than what he spent on refreshments for the official who surveyed the house to assess compensation a month ago.
“This is a cruel joke on us. If the government is so hard up for money, we should collect some funds to help them out,'' Bawne's son Ruprao said.
But a district revenue officer, Ramesh Wandile, said the survey had shown only 1 percent damage, amounting to 83 rupees.
“We gave a round figure of 80 rupees,'' he told NDTV.
More than 100 people died in the floods in Vidarbha, an area known for its high rate of farmer suicides.—AFP