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Jharkhand demands Rs 9682 Cr from Centre for drought relief 

State to pay amount for registration of farmers to avail drought assistance: Badal

Ranchi, November 26: Jharkhand agriculture minister Badal Patralekh on Saturday said that farmers in drought affected areas of the state will not have to pay Rs 40 at pragya kendras for registration to avail benefit of chief minister drought relief scheme.

“Chief Minister Hemant Soren is very sensitive about the drought affected farmers in the state. We held a video conference with all the deputy commissioners of the state today. The State Government has submitted the proposal  to the Central Government for financial assistance under the Chief Minister’s Drought Relief Scheme. It is expected that the central government will provide necessary cooperation in this hour of crisis. The government has demanded relief assistance of Rs 9682 crores from the Centre,” said Patralekh.

Agriculture minister said now farmers will not have to pay a fee of Rs 40 to CSC or Pragya Kendra for applying for the benefit of Drought Relief Scheme. The state government will pay the said amount.

“As of now the farmers had to pay Rs 40 for registering the application of the relief scheme,” said Patralekh.

He said that every farmer family or agricultural laborer having ration card of the state can avail benefits under the Chief Minister Drought Relief Scheme.

“They will have to upload documents for the Chief Minister’s Drought Relief Scheme, the compulsion of land possession certificate has been removed, as well as it should be ensured that every farmer whose name is registered in the ration card, the Chief Minister’s Drought Relief The benefit of the scheme should be given. Those villages where people are not able to come to the block and take advantage of the schemes, the officials themselves should go and visit the villages and get the benefits of the agricultural schemes. Check on the ground how much the seeds being given by the government at subsidized rates are being used,” added Patralekh.

He further said that many suggestions have come in the Mukhyamantri Pashudhan Yojana and many changes have been made according to the suggestions. The pace of receiving applications under the livestock scheme is very slow, which needs to be improved.

 The first phase of drought relief assistance amount of Rs 3500 will be paid through direct benefit transfer to affected farmers by end of December. 

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