State Asks Damage Reports

Looking at the distress condition of the hapless farmers, the State Government has asked all the District Collectors of the state to complete their assessment on damage due to hailstorm and whirlwind and send their Assessment Reports by 10 May.

Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has asked the DMs that the Damage Reports needed to be sent along with the proposals for sanctioning of funds towards assistance for houses damaged and Input Subsidy to farmers who have suffered crop loss.

Thousands of farmers suffered crop loss and houses were damaged in at least six districts due to hailstorm and whirlwind in the month of April and till date this month, officials said.

According to Media reports, the hailstorms and whirlwinds have caused huge damage to crops and houses across seven districts of Bargarh, Jajpur, Subarnapur, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Malkangiri, Mr.Sethi said.

Mr.Sethi, who is also the Managing Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), said requisition for funds towards damage of houses in Bisoi and Thakurmunda blocks of Mayurbhanj district and Barapali block of Bargarh district have been received, and funds have already been allotted.

He said that preliminary reports on death of three people, one each in Balasore, Bargarh and Mayurbhanj districts, and information on four people getting injured in Malkangiri due to hailstorm and whirlwind, have also been received.

"There is immediate need for payment of admissible assistance to the affected people after proper assessment of damages," Mr.Sethi said.

Besides, he said, steps should be taken for sanction and payment of ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.

According to Field Reports, farmers are in real distress condition as they have not insured the paddy during Rabi Season.

Hail Storm has total shattered their dreams as they thought that they will reap better income during Rabi Season as their will be no disaster.

They are demanding more than stipulated assistance announced by the State Government.

Collectors of these districts are facing tough time due to intense pressure from the farmers and Peoples’ Representatives to favour the distressed farmers with more fiscal support.

However the officials are clueless as to how to help out these farmers, who are facing serious distress condition due to untimely hazard of hailstorm and whirlwind.

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