The government has announced the biggest ever relief package to deal with the damage caused by unseasonal rains. This year, a special package has been announced for damage to crops due to unseasonal rains. Top-up assistance will be given in special cases in addition to the norms of SDRF for crop damage due to unseasonal rains in March-2023. Rs 13,500 available for agriculture and horticulture crops with 9500 additional will be given with a total limit of Rs 23,000 per hectare with a maximum limit of 2 hectares per account. A total of Rs 30,600 per hectare with an additional Rs 12,600 over and above Rs 18,000 available for perennial horticultural crops will be given with a maximum limit of 2 hectares per account.
Decision was taken for the farmers in the cabinet meeting
Spokesperson Minister Hrishikesh Patel said that the state government has taken another important decision in the interest of the farmers of Gujarat. In the month of March, due to unseasonal rains, the crops of many farmers in the state were ruined. The state government has taken the matter seriously and has completed district wise survey on immediate basis and has decided to announce a special relief package for the farmers which will provide maximum assistance till date.
Report on damage to crops in 48 talukas of 13 districts
The state cabinet met in Gandhinagar under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Giving information about the important decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, the spokesman said that the crop in 48 taluks of 13 districts of the state, Rajkot, Junagadh, Banaskantha, Aravalli, Tapi, Patan, Sabarkantha, Surat, Kutch, Amreli, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad Damage reports have been received. In which, in addition to the assessment made by the administrative system, the presentations of farmers, farmers’ organizations and people’s representatives were received.
Provision for payment of assistance up to 2 hectares
On the basis of these representations, under the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, the state government, showing sensitive attitude towards the assistance of farmers, has announced special relief by increasing the rates of top-up assistance from the state budget in special cases. Highest ever additional assistance of Rs.13,500 per hectare and Rs.9,500 per hectare from state funds for agriculture and rainfed horticulture crops like wheat, gram, rye, banana, papaya etc. as per SDRF norms, totaling Rs.23,000 The per hectare clause provides for payment of assistance to the extent of a maximum of 2 hectares per account.
Minimum assistance of Rs 4000 will be paid
Whereas in case of 33 percent or more loss in perennial horticulture crops like mango, lemon, guava, additional assistance of Rs. 30,600 assistance will be given. Payment should be made within a maximum limit of 2 hectares per hectare per account. He said that in cases where the total amount of assistance payable on the basis of land holding is less than Rs 4000, assistance of at least Rs 4000 per account will be paid. The difference amount will be paid from the state budget. To get the benefit of this package, the farmers have to make the prescribed application form addressed to the Taluka Development Officer along with necessary supporting documents including Village Sample No. 8-A, Talati’s Sowing Sample/Village Sample No. 7-12 .
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