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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: A week after the Odisha government announced relief package worth Rs 375 crore for districts worst hit by Cyclone 'Titli' and subsequent floods, a seven-member central team led by Union Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary, SK Shahi arrived in Odisha today to review damages caused by the natural calamity.

Joint Relief Commissioner of Odisha, Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra informed today that the central team is taking stock of the situation in Aska, Patrapur and Purushottampur areas and is scheduled to hold discussions with Ganjam collector and other district level officials later today.

“Tomorrow the central team will review the damages in Gajapati district and after the field visits, they will join a state-level meeting chaired by the chief secretary at the State Secretariat,” Mohapatra said.

Meanwhile, the state government has announced input subsidy to marginal farmers at Rs 6800 per hectare of land in rain fed/non-irrigated areas, Rs 13,500 per hectare in assured irrigation areas and Rs 18,000 for perennial crops like mango, cashew etc.

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