Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar (file photo)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has said that the farmers of Marathwada region have suffered huge losses due to excessive rainfall. In such a situation, if needed, the state government will take a loan to help them.
Pawar said that in the Marathwada region alone, there has been a loss of up to Rs 4000 crore in crops and other areas. He said the Maharashtra government had last week paid an installment of Rs 974 crore as its contribution towards crop insurance and now the Center has to pay its share.
‘Won’t wait for help from central government’
Pawar chaired a review meeting on the damage caused in the Marathwada region due to excessive rainfall last month. He said that the state government has paid its share in crop insurance except in some areas as insurance companies have not helped the farmers in those areas.
The Deputy CM said that it is still raining in some parts of Marathwada. Once the damage is assessed, we will not wait for help from the central government and will help the farmers. If we had to take loans for the farmers of Marathwada and other parts of Maharashtra, we would do that too. He said that the state government has ordered the insurance companies to make immediate payment for the loss caused to the farmers.
550 crores also released for non-agricultural losses
Ajit Pawar said that the state government has given Rs 550 crore for non-farm loss. This fund will be given in the form of assistance for damage caused to houses, loss of cattle and life. He said that water-logging is a major hurdle for the teams. Maharashtra government has decided to distribute the assistance as per the norms of NDRF.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that CM Uddhav Thackeray will be updated about the review meeting. A demand has been raised from the District Planning Committees to distribute more funds and soon a collective decision will be taken on all these issues in the interest of the general public.
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