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Akhilesh declares calamity in UP, seeks Rs 1000 cr from PM

Akhilesh declares calamity in UP, seeks Rs 1000 cr from PM
The Chief Minister reviewed the situation on Monday and said that a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s fund will be provided to the families of each farmer who died unnaturally, an official spokesman said.

Taking into account the gravity of the situation, Yadav has cancelled the leave of all divisional commissioners, district magistrates and others involved in relief works and has directed them to conduct the work in a prompt and transparent manner, he added.

According to the official statement, as per the earlier norm of assessing losses on the basis of 50 per cent loss to crop, 44 districts of the state were affected, and with the new norm of 33 per cent, 11 more districts are affected.

Meanwhile, in a fresh assessment of crop losses in Muzzaffarnagar, the district authorities have identified more than 76,000 farmers affected due to untimely rain and hailstorm for compensation.

Revenue officials have identified 76,996 rain and hailstorm-hit farmers for compensation, District Magistrate Ramkishan Sharma said, adding that Rs 6.86-crore compensation has already been distributed among 17,772 farmers till Monday. A district authorities have written to the state government, demanding Rs 48 crore to provide compensation to the affected farmers in Muzzaffarnagar, the DM said.

Farmers block yamuna e-way

Farmers blocked the Yamuna Expressway in Maant tehsil of Mathura district on Tuesday, demanding increased compensation for crops damaged by untimely rain. They  said the present compensation of Rs 18,000 per hectare was not enough to cover their losses and the government should provide them Rs.20,000 per hectare more. The government must take care of their losses and offer loan waiver schemes, farmers said.

Vidarbha crisis: Rain destroys 50k hectares crops

Unseasonal rain and hailstorm damaged standing Rabi crops in nearly 50,000 hectares of land impacting one lakh farmers in Vidarbha.

Revenue department officials said 49,042 hectares in the region was affected in March due to rain and hailstorm, including 28,233 hectares in Western Vidarbha which comprises five districts in Amravati division. The total number of farmers affected in the entire suicide-prone region was estimated to be around 98,384, the highest being 54,962 farmers in six districts of Nagpur division in Eastern Vidarbha, sources said.

“Yavatmal often described as the ‘suicide capital’ of Vidarbha topped the list with 11,066 hectares of crop, particularly wheat, suffering over 50% damage in the rain. The number of affected farmers was estimated to be 6,567,” Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) said.
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