Kolkata: The Bengal government will be giving compensation of total Rs 205 crore to the farmers who have incurred heavy losses due to heavy rainfall and hailstorms before the monsoon set in this year.
Crops in as many as 11 districts in the state were damaged due to hailstorm this year. Bardhaman district remains the worst-affected, with farmers there suffering significant losses. After proper assessment, the state government has decided to compensate the farmers. As per the set norms, those farmers who have 33 per cent and above of the total crop have been damaged are eligible for the compensation.
The State Agriculture Department had carried out the necessary assessment and survey to identify the total loss that the farmers have incurred for unpredictable rain in the Bengali months of Baisakh (mid-April to mid-May) and Jyaistha (mid-May to mid-June). The assessment revealed that in these two months, the farmers in the 11 districts have incurred a total loss of Rs 205 crore and an equal amount will be given to them as compensation.
In the past six years, after the Trinamool Government came to power, the State Government had distributed agricultural input subsidy worth Rs 1336.43 crore among 32.83 lakh farmers for crop damage due to natural calamities like hailstorm, unseasonal heavy rain, flood, drought and the like under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
Bengal is the first state in the country to waive the land tax for farmers. It was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after the Centre’s hasty decision of demonetising high-value notes in the country.