Gandhinagar, Nov 23: Giving relief to over 56 lakh farmers in Gujarat, the state government on Saturday announced a relief package of Rs 3795 crore for them, of which Rs 2154 crore would be shared by the Centre, while the state would provide Rs 1641 crore.
The government had earlier on November 13, announced a Rs 700 crore package, which has now been expanded. Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Finance Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel said that this relief assistance would be apart from the benefits of the crops insurance scheme.
He said in the 125 talukas of 29 of total 33 districts, where over one inch of non-seasonal rain after October 15 this year has damaged crops, around 28.61 lakh farmers of 9496 villages would get a total of around Rs 2481 crore of assistance, of which Rs 1860 crore would be given by the Union government.
''In 42 other talukas of 23 districts, where over one inch of non-seasonal rain had affected crops in clustered areas, around 4.70 lakh farmers of 1463 villages would get a total of Rs 392 crore of assistance.
''All of these farmers and the ones in earlier mentioned 125 talukas would get Rs 6800 per hectare with the maximum limit of two hectares.
''Apart from these, in other 1676 talukas of these 42 districts where the non-seasonal rain was less than one inch, around 5.95 lakh farmers would get Rs 238 crore assistance, with each of them getting a flat Rs 4000,'' he said.
In the remaining 5814 villages in 81 talukas of 21 districts of the state, where sporadic non-seasonal rain had taken place, around 17.10 lakh farmers would get a total of Rs 684 crore in the form of Rs 4000 for each of them. This way, a total of 56.36 lakh farmers of 18369 villages in 248 talukas of all the 33 districts in Gujarat would get a total assistance of Rs 3795 crore.
''We have also covered those farmers who have not been much affected by the non-seasonal rains,'' he added. Mr Patel said the government was quite sympathetic to the farmers and would try to transfer the assistance directly in their bank accounts. (UNI)