Odisha CM announces Rs 200 crore input assistance for drought-hit areas

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced input assistance of about Rs 200 crore for farmers in drought-hit areas of the state.

As per the announcement, the state government will bear entire expenditure for the distressed farmers.

As per reports, about 2,63560 hectares of crop land in 64 blocks and 15 ULBs of 12 districts have suffered crop loss of 33 percent and above.

Despite continuous follow up and pursuance by the state government with the Technical Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, many farmers in the drought-affected areas are yet to receive their Crop Insurance dues. In this context, considering the gravity of the situation, demands of the affected farmers and crop loss reports by the Collectors, the Chief Minister has decided to provide assistance out of the State’s own resources, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated today.

The collectors of the affected districts have been directed to submit the requirement of funds to the Special Relief Commissioner and appropriate steps will be taken for immediate disbursement of assistance.

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