CM announces compensation for rain-hit farmers in State

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced compensation for rain-hit farmers of various parts of Odisha.
The state government declared an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 2,000 per hectare for farmers who had suffered crop loss of more than 50% due to heavy rain and consequent flood as per the guidelines of Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) and State Disaster Relief Fund.
Besides, cultivators would be entitled to get agricultural input subsidy of Rs 3,000 per heactre for rain-fed areas, Rs 6,000 per hectare for irrigated areas and Rs 8,000 per hectare for perennial crops, an official release said.
The state government has also decided to defer repayment of the crop loans of the affected farmers for a period of one year without any change in the rate of interest for the existing crop loan.
Crop loans during the current Kharif season shall be made available to the affected farmers, and they shall not be treated as defaulters for non-payment of existing loans, the release further said.
The government declared that paddy seeds would be distributed free of cost to the farmers who have lost the sown seed or seedling due to heavy rain and consequent flood.
In a major relief to the flood-hit farmers, Patnaik said Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation would lift the paddy available in the market yards/mandis in the affected districts.
He said that house under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)/ Mo Kudia will be provided to the families whose houses have been fully damaged in incessant rains in mid June and consequent floods.
Earlier in the day, Panchayati Raj Minister Kalpataru Das, who had toured four districts of South Odisha along with Minister of State for Food and Consumer Welfare Pratap Keshari Deb, said that the recent rains and floods had affected over 17,000 hectares of farm land in those areas.