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Bhubaneswar: With the drought condition in 14 districts of the State turns acute, the State government has started process for disbursal of agriculture input subsidy among farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 per cent and above.

The agriculture input subsidy disbursal process has already begun and concerned district collectors have been asked to complete the process within seven days, said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.

"The drought-affected farmers will get the input subsidy within seven days. They will get Rs 6,800 per hectare for crop damage. The compensation amount will be directly credited to their bank and post office accounts," said the SRC.

Besides, Collectors have been directed to submit a daily progress report on disbursement of agriculture input subsidy and inform the SRC, in case they need more fund, said Sethi.

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The government had earlier, on October 28, sanctioned Rs 216.22 crore agriculture input subsidy to drought-affected farmers of around 70 blocks in Angul, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sonepur districts.

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