Collectors asked to disburse crop loss aid to farmers

Bhubaneswar: The collectors of 30 districts of the State attended the conference, which was held after a gap of three years here on Thursday. The conference chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik revolved around seven key issues including compensation to the rain-hit farmers and action against the officials flouting the norms in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

“A number of programmes we discussed and reviewed like the funding that has to be given to the farmers and actual cultivators because of the recent crop damage because of the rainfall,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.

The government today directed the collectors to disburse the money allocated to the farmers suffering from crop loss due to the unseasonal rain. The government instructed the collectors to pay out the money to the farmers from the first week of February.

“Hon’ble Chief Minister reviewed the unseasonal rains and input subsidy disbursement. The disbursement starts from February,” Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said.

As per reports, the state government in December last year announced a compensation package of Rs 900 crores for the farmers who lost crops due to untimely rain. As Rs 105 crore has been granted, the government directed the collectors to disburse the amount according to the report prepared on the basis of the harvesting done in the rain-hit areas.

Again, the government also gave instructions to the collectors to identify and prepare a report as to how many villages of the seven rain-hit districts have incurred a crop loss of more than 50 percent. Earlier, the government had left out these villages while taking the other rain-hit areas into consideration.

This apart, while discussing about the MGNREGS the government directed the collectors to take stern action against the officials flouting the norms in the implementation of the said scheme. The government also asked the collectors to monitor the distribution of job cards to the beneficiaries. While an amount of Rs 800 crores were spent under the scheme last year, the government has set a target to spend Rs 1500 crore this year.

In today’s conference the government also directed the collectors to finalise the Comprehensive Development Plan meant for the development of eight urban areas. In addition to it, the government gave instructions for the implementation of Rajeev Awas Yojana (RAY) that aims towards making six cities free of slums. The government also asked the collectors to identify land for the implementation of RAY.

Besides this, the government asked the collectors to look in to the maintenance of the tube wells and repair the faulty ones.

The state government also had discussions with the collectors regarding rural electrification and implementation of Integrated Action Plan in Maoist-infested areas of the state.

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