State gives nod to Rs 3,484.61 cr aid for cotton, paddy growers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 09:59:27



Staff Reporter,

District-wise aid to be given to Vid farmers

District           Amount of aid
Yavatmal  Rs 349.1707 cr 
Amravati   Rs 182.6010 cr
Chandrapur       Rs 177.0213 cr
Wardha   Rs 153.7887 cr
Akola   Rs 135.5174 cr
Buldhana           Rs 134.3436 cr
Nagpur  Rs 70.2533 cr 
Bhandara           Rs 67.9214 cr
Gondia            Rs 41.5068 cr
Gadchiroli          Rs 34.5380 cr 
Washim   Rs 15.4058 cr
Total  Rs 1,362.068 cr 

Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, gave its nod to distribution of Rs 3484,61,25,000/- as aid to farmers affected due to pest attack on cotton and paddy crops during Kharif agricultural season in 2017. Of the total amount for 28 districts in the State, the districts in Vidarbha region will get Rs 1,362.068 crore.

Owing to irregular and indequate rainfall during Kharif-2017, many farmers in especially Vidarbha region chose not to go for sowing. Those who had already carried out sowing operations pinned hope on a good spell of monsoon. However, their hopes were shattered. Cotton and paddy growers were the worst affected lot. While the cotton crop in various parts of Nagpur, Amravati, and Nashik divisions came under Bollworm attack, the paddy crops in Nagpur and Konkan divisions also was affected due to Jassids. After receiving complaints regarding crop damage due to attack of these pests, the Government carried out an assessment and later announced to distribute aid to affected farmers.

Joint panchnamas were conducted by field-level officers of Revenue Department and Agriculture Department. The assessment was done on two parameters -- more than 50 per cent of crop damaged due to pest attack, and more than 33 per cent crop damage. Now, the Government has cleared distribution of aid of Rs 3484,61,25,000/- to the affected farmers. The Government will release the aid in three equal instalments of over Rs 851 crore. The districts concerned shall have to distribute the first instalment, compile the list of beneficiaries farmers, publish the same on the website of respective District Collector office, and submit the utilisation certificate of the aid. Only then shall the district concerned get second instalment of the aid.

Though the Government will release the aid in three equal instalments, the districts concerned have been asked not to spread resources thin and not to distribute the aid to eligible farmers in instalments. The aid will be deposited directly in the Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of the affected farmers, and none of the identified beneficiaries will get the aid either in cash or kind. If an eligible beneficiary does not have Aadhaar-linked bank account, aid will still be deposited in his/her account on the basis of Aadhaar registration slip, voter’s identity card, permanent account number, driving licence, passport, bank passbook. Besides, the letter of Revenue and Forest Department states clearly that the bank concerned should not make any deductions from the amount of this aid.