TAMIL NADU

Relief for all rain-hit farmers, says Minister

HELP IN TIME: Transport Minister K. N. Nehru giving away a cheque to a farmer whose crop was damaged by the recent rains at Devarayaneri village near Tiruchi on Sunday. —

HELP IN TIME: Transport Minister K. N. Nehru giving away a cheque to a farmer whose crop was damaged by the recent rains at Devarayaneri village near Tiruchi on Sunday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

Rs.5.92 crore for compensation and repairs

TIRUCHI: All farmers whose crops were damaged in last month’s rain will be given compensation. The district administration would take steps to sanction the relief to those whose names had not been included in the initial survey, Transport Minister K. N. Nehru said.

Distributing the compensation for crop damages to farmers at various villages in the district on Sunday, Mr. Nehru said that the State Government has sanctioned Rs.5.92 crore for compensation for crop damages and carrying out temporary repairs to infrastructure damaged during the rain.

Of this, the government has released a sum of Rs.3.01 crore which included Rs. 2.01 crore to be given as compensation for crop damage loss. The District Rural Development Agency would get Rs. 70 lakh for carrying out repair works to infrastructure and the three Municipalities of Manapparai, Thuraiyur and Thuvakudi have been released Rs.10 lakhs each.

Mr.Nehru said that a total of 5,839 farmers in 83 villages in Tiruchi, Lalgudi, Mannachanallur, Musiri, Thuraiyur and Thottiyam taluks got Rs.2.01 crore who lost their standing crops on a total extent of 2,680 hectares. He said that the relief was being deposited in the farmers’ accounts at cooperative banks for ensuring its proper distribution. State Forests Minister N. Selvaraj said that the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had not only taken immediate action for the disbursement of the compensation but also hiked its quantum per hectare.

Collector T. Soundaiah said that in the first phase, Lalgudi taluk, with a large area under paddy, registered the maximum damage and got the maximum allocation of Rs.1.53 crore.

Farmers who lost their crops in 312 hectares in Tiruchi taluk; 60 hectares in Mannachanallur; 153 hectares in Musiri; 57 hectares in Thuraiyur and 53 hectares in Thottiyam taluk have been compensated. District Revenue Officer Nambirajan was among those who spoke.

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