23 farmers’ families get compensation

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: As many as 23 farmers, of the 28 eligible, who had committed suicide in the last three years in Kodagu, have received relief amounts of Rs. 1 lakh each from the State Government, Madikeri MLA K.G. Bopaiah has said.

He was distributing Prime Minister’s Relief Fund cheques to the families of farmers, who had committed suicide at the Madikeri taluk panchayat auditorium, an official press release said here on Wednesday.

Mr. Bopaiah called upon the distressed families to utilise the relief amount for ensuring the well being of the families.

A sum of Rs. 50 lakh was released to Kodagu as part of the first instalment from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, Mr. Bopaiah said. Of this, 21 farmer families in Madikeri taluk received relief cheques worth Rs. 2.05 lakh from him. As many as 40 families in Virajpet taluk would get Rs. 4 lakh and 68 families in Somwarpet taluk Rs. 6.01 lakh as relief, Mr. Bopaiah said. Farmers, who were not able to repay bank loans too are considered for the relief, subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 under this package, he said.

Joint Director of the Department of Agriculture Krishnayya said that large farmers would get paddy seeds at a concession rate of 50 per cent while small and marginal farmers get 75 per cent concession. About 1,500 quintals of seeds had been stocked in the raita samparka kendras in the district, he said.

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