Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced an assistance of Rs 10,000 crore for farmers whose crops have been damaged due to heavy rains in the state. The announcement was made jointly by state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, who is holding the charge of the finance department, and PWD minister Ashok Chavan here in Mumbai.
In a statement, the government said, “Agriculture crops on more than 55 lakh hectares of land have been damaged due to extremely heavy rains between June and October this year. In order to provide some assistance to the farmers, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to the affected farmers.”
Compensation will not be given for more than two hectares
Farmers will be given compensation for the crop damaged due to heavy rains. The statement said that irrespective of the size of the farmer’s land, farmers will get compensation for crop loss up to two hectares.
how much compensation will be received
The statement said that the state government has decided not to wait for any further instructions regarding NDRF (National Disaster Relief Fund) for disbursement of aid. Farmers will get Rs 10,000 per hectare for crop loss on unirrigated land, while Rs 15,000 per hectare for crop loss on irrigated land. The affected farmers will get Rs 25,000 per hectare for 12-year crops, including crops under horticulture, the statement said.
Farmers had sought help
Farmers were constantly pleading for help regarding the crops destroyed due to rain. Beed, Aurangabad, Osmanabad and Latur in Marathwada suffered the most. There was damage in Nashik, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Solapur. The crop got damaged due to rain in Nanded. At the same time, onion crop got ruined due to excessive rain.
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