The Maharashtra Government on 16 December 2015 announced a 10512 crore rupees relief package for more than 15000 drought-hit villages in 14 districts of the state’s Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.
The package was announced by state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the assembly in Nagpur during a discussion on the drought situation.
Highlights of the relief package
• Of the 10512 crore rupees, 7412 crore rupees will be direct financial assistance to cotton and soybean farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada. Out of the 7412 crore rupees, 2800 crore rupees will be given in the form of crop insurance to farmers and 1034 crore rupees aid will be given to those who have not insured their crops.
• 100 crore rupees compensation will be given to paddy farmers at 200 rupees a quintal.
• 250 crore rupees will be granted for building farm ponds.
• 750 crore rupees will be used to build 33000 wells.
• 1000 crore rupees will be released to give electricity connections for water pumps.
• Maharashtra’s flagship programme Jalayukta Shivar that aims to conserve water by building small dams and farm ponds will get 250 crore rupees. Jalayukta Shivar has so far covered 6200 villages and another 5000 villages have been identified. In the 6200 villages covered so far, farmers have generated water capacity of 24 trillion cubic metres.
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When: 16 December 2015