In a move which will bring relief to eight lakh farmers in 2,554 villages in 14 districts in Gujarat affected by severe rains, the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has cleared the relief package of ₹ 630.34 crore.
The Gujarat farmers who suffered losses due to heavy rains this monsoon will be benefitted from the package which was put in place after a loss-assessment survey. The relief package will help farmers in14 affected districts such as Chhotaudepur, Narmada, Panchmahal, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Kutch, Junagadh, Morbi, Porbandar, Anand and Kheda.
As per the assessment method, if the crop loss was equal to or above 33 per cent due to excessive rain during the previous Kharif season, the affected farmers will get compensation of ₹ 6,800 per hectare with a limit of two hectares. The minimum compensation has been fixed at ₹ 4,000, even if the crop loss is less than this amount.
The compensation for the loss of the banana plantation has been kept at 30,000 per hectare with a limit of two hectares.
Farmers do not have to pay any fee for applying for the relief. The online applications are to be sent through e-Gram centres in their villages.