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Legal provisions will be amended if in interest of farmers: CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited hailstorm-affected Khairi Kothar in Raghurajnagar tahsil of Satna district on Holi and sought information from farmers about loss to their crops. The Chief Minister inspected hailstorm-affected crops in the fields of farmers Shri Bulli Yadav and Shri Betta Yadav. He directed to assess the loss with immediate effect. Shri Chouhan said that legal provisions will also be amended if it is in the interest of farmers.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that assistance upto Rs. 15 thousand per quintal will be given on crop loss. Loan recovery will not be made from farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 percent. Only principal loan amount will be recovered from such farmers after converting their short-term loans to mid-term. Interest will be paid by the State Government. Loan at zero percent interest will be provided to hailstorm-affected farmers so that they can purchase seeds and fertilisers for next crops. The farmers whose cent percent crops have been damaged by hailstorm will be provided four months’ ration at BPL rates. He said that if required, construction works will also be started in the affected areas. On the demand of local sarpancha, the Chief Minister assured to redress problems of water and road of the village.
Minster in-charge of the district Shri Rajendra Shukla, MP Shri Ganesh Singh, MLAs Shri Shankarlal Tiwari, Shri Surendra Singh Gaharwar and Shri Ramkhelawan Patel, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Shri Gaganendra Singh, Vindhya Development Authority Vice-Chairman Shri Ramdas Mishra and officers were present on the occasion.
Rs. 5 lakh 44 thousand assistance to affected people
During visit to Satna district, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan distributed cheques worth Rs. 5 lakh 44 thousand 510 to 43 hailstorm-affected farmers of 6 villages including Khairi Kothar, Kusaria, Mateema, Gaidua, Benipur and Khairi Khukhad. Crops in these village had suffered loss due to hailstorm on March 14.


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