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Central team deputed to assess crop loss in 5 states due to heavy rains : Agriculture Minister

27 Jul 2022 11:52 am
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New Delhi, July 26 (Commoditiescontrol) Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfares Narendra Singh Tomar has said that Inter-ministerial central teams have been deputed to Assam, Meghalaya, Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat for assessment of crop damage due to recent heavy rains and floods.

He informed the Lok Sabha regarding this in written reply to a question on Tuesday as monsoon session of the Parliament is in progress.

Six states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim -- have estimated 2,43,208 hectare damage to crop area due to floods as on July 12, this year, he added.

"So far, in 2022-23 the Ministry of Home Affairs have constituted/deputed Inter Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) to the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat for assessment of damage on the ground," Tomar said.

An IMCT is constituted and deputed for an on-the-spot assessment of damage and requirement of funds for relief operations. The report of the IMCT is considered by the Sub Committee of the National Executive Committee (SC-NEC). Thereafter, the High Level Committee (HLC) approves the final quantum of financial assistance, he added.

Asked if the Centre plans to waive farmers loan in affected districts, the minister said, "No" and added his ministry, however, is implementing 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' since Kharif 2016, along with 'Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme' to provide comprehensive risk cover in the event of crop damage due to natural calamities and preventable risks, and provide financial support to the insured farmers against their notified insurance coverage.

(By Commodities control Bureau; +91 9820130172)

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