CM Mr. Chouhan reviews situation
19,951 villages affected by drought as per preliminary estimates
Bhopal, October 10, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that relief should be given to all drought-affected farmers. Crop insurance amount will be distributed soon. The state government stands by farmers in this hour of crisis. Mr. Chouhan reviewed drought situation in the state here today. The meeting was informed that about Rs. 515 crore crop insurance amount will be provided to about 4.50 lakh farmers. As per preliminary estimates, 19 thousand 951 villages in 23 districts of the state are affected by drought. Affected districts have demanded Rs. 1650 crore for relief to farmers. Agriculture Minister Mr. Gaurishankar Bisen, Revenue Minister Mr. Rampal Singh and Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa also attended the meeting.
Making district-wise review of drought situation, the Chief Minister said that survey for crop loss should be done scientifically. The farmers whose crops have suffered loss should be provided relief and taken out of state of despair. Liberal approach should be adopted to benefit needy farmers. Maximum benefit of crop insurance scheme should be extended to farmers. Information received in preliminary estimates should be re-examined. A memorandum should be chalked out for obtaining assistance against crops loss from the Centre. He said that he would meet the Prime Minister and Union Finance Minister and Home Minister and apprise them of crop loss due to drought in the state.
The Chief Minister said that loan recovery from affected farmers should be suspended. They should be provided loans for Rabi crop. Drought relief works should be started in villages. Farmers should be advised for Rabi irrigation. Farmers should be given assistance by chalking out action plan for Rabi right now. A long-term agriculture plan should be chalked out to free farmers from repeated calamities. He said that meeting of task force constituted for this should be convened soon. Availability of drinking water in affected districts should be assessed.