Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday kicked off the e-transfer system for reimbursing the 2015 drought compensation from the secretariat here.
The compensation amount would be credited directly to the bank account of the farmers whose kharif crops were destroyed during the 2015 season drought.
The stipulated amount to be transferred was fixed at Rs. 100 for every quintal of paddy. At least 3 lakh farmers will be benefited from the scheme.
It is worth mentioning that due to erratic and deficient rainfall along with prolonged dry spells during the year drought like situations were seen in 28 districts in the state. Government’s final memorandum on drought said that based on final crop cutting facts, about 33 per cent or more per cent of crops were badly damaged and irrecoverable in those districts.
With the cumulative average rainfall in the state experiencing about 16.1 per cent deficit the conditions of farming community especially in the western districts was worsened due to drought and its after impacts.