KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday allotted Rs 205 crore as compensation for farmers hit by unseasonal rain.
“Farmers here suffered losses owing to storm and hail before monsoon. Based on central government norms, we have decided to distribute Rs 205 crore among farmers in 11 districts, including Burdwan, the worst affected. Nearly 2 lakh marginal farmers will be benefited. The file has been sent to the CM and we hope the compensation will arrive soon,” said state agriculture minister Purnendu Basu. The beneficiary will be those farmers who have lost 33% and more of their crop to inclement weather.
Doling out of compensation isn’t new in Bengal given that back in March 2015, to ease a crisis in potato cultivation, the state announced that 50,000 metric tonne of the crop would be directly procured from farmers in eight major potato-producing districts at the rate of Rs 5,500 per metric tonne and Rs 550 a quintal.
The government then distributed them to schools for mid-day meals and ICDS beneficiaries at the rate of 1 kg per head per week.