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Bengal Govt to pay compensation worth Rs 205 cr to farmers

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Kolkata | Monday, Jul 17 2017 IST
 
The West Bengal Government will be giving compensation totalling Rs 205 crore to farmers,who have incurred heavy losses due to heavy rainfall and hailstorms before the monsoon setting this year.

Crops in as many as eleven districts in the state had been damaged due to hailstorm this year.

Bardhaman remains the worst-affected with farmers there suffering significant losses.

The Government decided to compensate the farmers after carrying out a proper assessment.

As per the existing norms, farmers who have suffered 33 per cent or more loss of their total crop are eligible for compensation.

The State Agriculture Department carried out the assessment of losses due to unpredictable rain in the Bengali months of Baisakh (mid-April to mid-May) and Jaistha (mid-May to mid-June).

The assessment revealed that in these two months, farmers in 11 districts had incurred a total loss of Rs 205 crore.

Ever since the Trinamool Government took over six years ago, the State has distributed agricultural input subsidy worth Rs 1336.43 crore among 32.83 lakh farmers for crop damage due to natural calamities like hailstorms, unseasonal heavy rain, flooding, drought and other unforeseen situations from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

Bengal is the first state in the country to have waived land tax for farmers.

It was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after the Centre's decision to demonetise high value notes. UNI SJC AKM

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0212-976387.Xml

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