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Centre ignores State’s delayed report on 2015 Kharif crop yield

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Bhubaneswar: Ignoring delayed submission of crop yield data by a four and half month, the Centre on Thursday asked the State to firstly furnish its share for settlement of crop insurance claims to Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AIC) so that share from centre can be released.

The Government of India’s share shall be released once the state government releases its share to AIC, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in a letter to the Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik a day after receiving his letter seeking early release of Rs. 795.31 crore as the Centre’s share of settlement.

Justifying the actions from the Centre, the minister said, “The state government submitted its yield data on Crop Cutting Experiments for 2015 Kharif paddy crop only on August 10, 2016 after a delay of around four and half months against the due date of March 31, 2016.”

“A clarification has been sought from State government regarding the issue,” he added.

Notably, the AIC had approved claims of about Rs. 1,776.34 crore out of which both the Centre and State are to share Rs. 795.31 crore each.

Earlier, on Thursday CM Patnaik wrote a letter to the Union Minister asking him to approve state’s delay in submitting crop yield data and sought immediate settlement of centre’s share of claims pertaining to Kharif crop of 2015.

Since the settlement of about 11.61 lakh farmers depended a lot on centre’s share immediate proceedings to submit it without any further delay was requested by the state especially while looking at preceding year’s drought and its pressure on losing farmers.

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