Odisha CM announces Rs 1,600 Cr package for Fani affected people

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced relief package worth Rs 1,600 crore for the people affected due to extreme severe cyclone Fani.

The Chief Minister said agriculture input subsidy will be provided to the small and marginal farmers who have sustained crop loss up to 33 per cent and above.

While Rs 6,800 per hectare of land will be given in rainfed/non irrigated areas, Rs 13,500 per ha in areas under assured irrigation will be provided.

Similarly, Rs 18,000 per hectare will be given for all types of perennial crops. The agriculture department will distribute 1,00,000 vegetable mini kits to the Fani affected farmers, he said.

“An incentive of Rs 15,000 per farmer will be provided for Betel Vine cultivation and Rs 40,000 per unit will be provided for construction of shade net or thatched structure for development of mushroom units,” the Chief Minister said.

Incentive of Rs 25, 000 per ha will be provide to affected banana farmers while compensation of Rs 30,000 will be provided for loss of milch cow and buffalo, Rs 25,000 per draught animal and Rs 3,000 per goat.

Financial assistance of 50,000 to be given to affected farmers and Women Self Help Groups for construction of cow shed.

For the affected fishermen, Naveen announced that his government will provide 50 per cent (Rs 40,000) for purchase of FRP boat and 50 per cent (Rs 10,000) for net. Besides, financial assistance of Rs 12,200 per hectare will be distributed to affected fish farmers.

Additional seed money of Rs 10,000 will be given to the affected women SHGs and community investment fund at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per such group to provided, he said, adding Rs 50,000 will be provided to affected Women SHGs, who are producing take home ration.

He said 5000 pump sets with 50 per cent subsidy (maximum Rs15,000) and another 10,000 sprayers (maximum Rs 3,800) will be provided to the affected farmers.  

Short term Rabi loans advanced in the affected areas during 2019 having crop loss of 33 per cent and above will be converted into medium term (conversion) loan. The due date of Rabi short term loan advanced has been extended up to June 30, 2020.

Under handicrafts and handloom sector, assistance of Rs 4100 will be distributed per artisan for replacement of tools/equipment and Rs 4100 per artisan for loss of raw material/goods in process/finished goods.