The Madhya Pradesh government released Rs 1,049.24 crore to provide relief to the drought-hit farmers of the state on Diwali. The amount would be distributed among farmers who suffered crop losses this year in 22 districts.
The order, issued by commissioner relief department, states that the highest compensation of Rs 135 crore has been sanctioned for Vidisha district, while the lowest amount of Rs 42 lakh has been sanctioned for Ratlam district.
The relief amount has been fixed after analysing the demand estimate from the collectors of the drought-hit districts.
Collectors of the affected districts have been instructed to begin disbursement of the compensation at the earliest.
The order instructs the collectors of the districts to deposit the compensation amount in the affected farmers’ bank account through core banking system.
It directs the authorities to ensure that the bank account numbers and mobile numbers of the farmers are registered in the documents. This has been done to ensure that payment is made to the deserving candidates.
In case of joint accounts, compensation would be deposited in proportion to the land holding of the farmers.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier promised farmers that the compensation amount would reach them by Diwali.
State government had also convened a special session of state assembly to get the budget approved to provide immediate relief to the distressed farmers, after several farmers in the state committed suicide due to crop loss.
The one-day special state assembly session held to address farmers’ issues had also decided that well-off farmers would not be eligible for compensation. This includes farmers who pay income tax or the ones who are engaged in other profit-making ventures, besides agriculture.