Cyclone Titli, flood-affected farmers to get input subsidy

Bhubaneswar: The State Government will provide input subsidy of Rs 13,500 per hectare for irrigated land and Rs 6,800 per non-irrigated land to farmers affected by cyclone Titli and subsequent flood.

The compensation will be provided to the farmers on the basis of report submitted by Agriculture department and Collectors of different districts ravaged by cyclone Titli and subsequent flood, informed Joint Relief Commissioner Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra.

Meanwhile, the State Government on Thursday asked the Centre to release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief-and-restoration work in 17 districts. The Government said last week’s Cyclone Titli and the subsequent flood caused a loss of about Rs 2,765 crore and affected 60.11 lakh people.

The natural calamities had claimed 57 lives in the State. Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts have been the worst affected due to the natural calamities.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday urged to release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore.

“I would request you to kindly consider the grave situation in the state on account of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Titli’ and its associated impacts and request you to please release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to the state to enable taking up relief and restoration works of immediate nature,” Patnaik wrote to Modi.

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