Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan spent entire day today in inspecting crops affected by recent hailstorm in the state and directing officers to provide immediate relief to affected farmers. For the first time in the state’s history, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan chaired cabinet meeting as early as 8.30 am today. Soon after the cabinet meeting, he left for tour of Rajgarh, Guna, Shajapur, Mandsaur and Neemuch districts to take stock of hailstorm-affected crops. After returning to Bhopal from spot inspections of crop loss, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan held a videoconferencing also on the issue.
The videoconferencing mainly focused on assessment of crops affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm and relief to farmers. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan held discussions with Agriculture Production Commissioner, all divisional commissioners, district collectors, Additional Chief Secretaries Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries of Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development, Revenue and Cooperative Department, through videoconferencing.
Field inspection of damage
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan took stock of crop loss due to hailstorm at village Panwarkhera in Jeerapur tahsil of Rajgarh district, village Dharakheri and Dhunsi in Shajapur district, Taligaon and Maksudangarh in Guna district, village Sawan in Neemuch district and village Guradiya Deeda in Mandsaur district today. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also interacted with affected farmers in these villages. He directed administration for swift survey and distribution of relief. The Chief Minister also warned administration against any negligence in survey of losses.
The Chief Minister informed farmers that loan recovery from affected farmers will be suspended and their short-term loans will be converted to mid-term ones. Affected farmers will be allowed to pay half of he basic amount of their electricity bills in next 5 years while surcharge has already been waived.
The Chief Minister said that relief at the rate of Rs. 10 thousand to Rs. 13 thousand per hectare will be provided to affected farmers. Seeds and fertilisers will be provided for Kharif crop. Shri Chouhan said that Rs. 16 thousand 400 compensation will be given on the death of milch cattle Rs. 1650 for death of sheep and goat. Relief will also be given to damage for fruit-bearing trees and irrigation pipelines. Affected persons will be provided ration at BPL rates. Relief will also be given on damage to house.
Shri Chouhan said that cooperative banks have been directed to suspend loan recovery from affected farmers and convert their short-term loans to mid-term ones. Shri Chouhan said that discussions are underway with commercial banks also to provide such relief. The farmers who have been provided relief earlier will be paid difference of the new rates.
The Chief Minister said that relief will be given to those farmers also whose crops have suffered 25 percent loss. Besides, 100 percent relief will be given if the loss is above 50 percent.