Boom time for lensmen

In demand to photograph damages for compensation claims

A photographer busy taking a picture of a farmer, who has suffered crop loss at Lakkundi village, in Gadag  district. DH Photo

Lensmen in the district are busy clicking the properties devastated by the floods. Many of them have been forced to give appointments as the requests for photographs have been pouring in.

  As per the government rules, the flood-hit people will have to submit their picture along with that of the damage wrought in by the floods. Photographers are finding it difficult to meet the requests.

Houses damaged

In addition to this the lensmen are also busy photographing people in front of their houses, that have been razed down by heavy rain. Due to incessant rains in the past one week, crops in 90,994 hectares of  land and more than 30,000 houses have been destroyed in the district. Several farmers during the 2007 floods in the State received compensation from the government  by posing in front of damaged houses and crops in fields that belonged to others.

Fake photographs

This problem of furnishing fake photographs was rampant, as officials in Agriculture and Revenue Department do not assess   the damage caused by floods in far off fields.
Thus, in order to tackle this problem, village accountant and gram sevaks have decided to assess the damage caused in each ward and then submit a list to the photographers, said Bheem Rao, a lensman in Gadag.

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