Subsidy Released For Farmers

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has said that 24 out of 30 districts have reported crop damage due to pest attack and affected farmers in thse districts will receive Input Subsidy.

An amount of Rs.13751.923 lakhs has been sanctioned out of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)  in favour of concerned Collectors for disbursement of Agriculture Input Subsidy to the affected farmers, said Mr.Sethi.
However the remaining six districts namely, Balasore, Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapada and Malkanagiri have submitted 'NIL' report, said the office of SRC.
Collectors were contacted by the SRC office and data were collected from the field and accordingly the State Government has identified the districts facing pest attack.
It is ascertained from the reported data that there is crop loss of 33 Percent and more in 1, 28, 319 hectares of cropped area in 8092 villages under 150 Blocks and 148 wards under 35 ULBs of 24 districts.
In view of the above, 128318.945 hectares of cropped area in 8092 villages under 150 Blocks and 148 wards under 35 ULBs of 24 districts have been notified as pest affected.
The amount required for Agriculture Input Subsidy @ Rs.6, 800 per hectare for rainfed areas and Rs.13, 500 per hectare for areas under assured irrigation comes to Rs.137.52crore.
Since Pest Attack has been classified as one of the twelve approved Natural Disasters under the SDRF/ NDRF guidelines, the farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent and above are eligible for Agriculture Input Subsidy.
Earlier the Sate Government issued orders to the Collectors to provide Input subsidy to the actual cultivators including share croppers.
So for the first time the State Government has recognized the role of share croppers in Farm Sector.

SRC Mr.Sethi has issued instructions to the District Collectors detailing out the modalities for payment of subsidies to the affected farmers.

While the payment will be made through e-Mode, SRC Mr.Sethi has asked the Collectors to pay the subsidy to the actual cultivators including share croppers.

Mr.Sethi has said that Agriculture Input Subsidy will be made through e-Transfer to the bank and postal accounts of the beneficiaries.

However there has to be field verification and Village Level Committees are needed to be reconstituted by including three members of share croppers.

Previsouly it was instructed that Village Level Committees will be formed to hear the objections by taking the list of affected farmers prepared by the Department of Revenue & Disaster management and Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment.

Now the representation from the share croppers in the VLC will be there, so that the real cultivators’s interest will be protected, feel officials.
Procedure will be same in case of Deity land under cultivation by share croppers or lesses, said SRC in his letter.
In respect of land allotted under the Forest Rights Act, for which title has been issued, the cultivators shall be enumerated for payment of input subsidy.
However, Government land under unauthorized occupation shall not be taken into consideration for enumeration for payment of subsidy, informed SRC.

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