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Rs. 2.86 cr given in rain payouts

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A total of 14,447 farmers in Shimoga district have received compensation, review told

Geeta Mallikarjuna (second from left), president of Shimoga Zilla Panchayat reviews the progress of developmental works in KDP meeting in Shimoga on Wednesday.– Photo: Vaidya
Geeta Mallikarjuna (second from left), president of Shimoga Zilla Panchayat reviews the progress of developmental works in KDP meeting in Shimoga on Wednesday.– Photo: Vaidya

Joint Director of Department of Agriculture K. Madhusudan said an amount of Rs. 2.86 crore has been distributed as compensation for the loss of agriculture crops due to heavy rain in the district so far this year.

Agriculture crop cultivated in 42,271 acres of land has been damaged due to rain in the district this year. A total of 23,887 farmers had submitted applications seeking compensation, of which payouts have been done to 14,447 farmers, he told the Zilla Panchayat’s progress review meeting on implementation of Karnataka Development Programmes in the city on Wednesday.

Deputy Director of Department of Food and Civil Supplies Sridhar told the meeting that LPG agencies have been directed to display information related to the price of the domestic gas cylinders, the stock they have maintained, and the amount to be paid to avail new connection in a prominent place at their premises. The agencies have also been asked not to insist the customers with new connection to purchase gas stoves from them, he said.

President of Standing Committee for Agriculture and Industry Rudrappa Danera took the officials of Department of Fishery to task for the delay in providing fish fingerlings to farmers who had bagged contract from Gram Panchayats to rear fish in the village tanks.

The district has received good rain this year owing to which all the tanks were full. The farmers would have been benefited had the Department provided fingerlings for them by first week of August, he said.

President of Zilla Panchayat Geetha Mallikarjun, Vice President Hemapavani, President of Standing Committee for Social Justice B.S. Yallappa, President of Standing Committee for Education and Health Gayatri Shanmukhappa, and Deputy Secretary Gopal were present.

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