Bihar gives relief to farmers

The Nitish Kumar government has decided to distribute Rs 894 crore as compensation to farmers in the 19 flood-ravaged districts, DHNS reports from Patna.

The state government has already given Rs 2300 crore to 38 lakh flood-hit families, who received Rs 6000 each as direct transfer to their bank accounts through Real time gross settlement (RTGS).

An estimated 1.71 crore people were hit in this year's flood in 19 Bihar districts which claimed 514 lives. "The damage to crops (due to floods) in 6,52,000 hectares been estimated to be to be Rs 894 crore. The maximum loss has been reported from East Champaran, West Champaran, Darbhanga and Purnia," said Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the Finance portfolio.

Farmers will be given Rs 6800 per hectare of non-irrigated land and Rs 13,500 per hectare of irrigated land. The amount will be Rs 18,000 per hectare for sugarcane growers. Soon after the floods in August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Bihar.

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