MP Rajeev Shukla asked in Parliament for information about damage to crops in Chhattisgarh due to unseasonal rains, Union Agriculture Minister cited SDRF-NDRF…

New Delhi. During the monsoon session of the Parliament, MP Rajeev Shukla questioned the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the Rajya Sabha regarding the loss of crops in Chhattisgarh due to unseasonal rains. He asked for information on the proposal to give compensation to the farmers saying that there was a huge loss to the crops.

In response to MP Rajeev Shukla’s question, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Chhattisgarh government has informed that 18179.647 hectares of agriculture/horticulture crop area has been affected due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm in the month of March. 27,658 farmers in 18 districts of the state have been affected. He said that the State Government is primarily responsible for taking necessary relief measures in the wake of natural calamities.

The minister informed that funds are available with the state government in the form of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to take relief measures. As per established procedures, for natural calamities of severe nature, in addition to SDRF, additional financial assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) is considered. The approved assistance under SDRF/NDRF norms is provided in the form of relief.

The state government of Chhattisgarh has been allocated Rs 508 crore (Rs 380.80 crore as central share and Rs 127.20 crore as state share) under SDRF for the year 2023-24. An amount of Rs.181.60 crore has been released to the state of Chhattisgarh for the central share of SDRF during the year 2023-24.

In addition, the Government of India has launched the yield based “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” (PMFBY) and the weather based “Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme” (WBCIS) from Kharif 2016 season to provide financial assistance to the farmers suffering from crop loss/damage arising out of natural calamities, adverse weather events and to stabilize the income of the farmers.

The minister said that under this scheme, comprehensive risk insurance is provided from pre-harvest to post-harvest losses. Under this scheme, claims are paid only to those farmers who have insured their crops and paid their share of premium under any of the notified crop insurance schemes in the area/crop notified by the State Government. This scheme is optional for States/UTs. Chhattisgarh state government is implementing this scheme from the beginning.

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