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Crop damage due to heavy rains; Delegation of Ministers to submit report to CM

The Chief Minister had deputed three ministers and officials to assess crop damage due to rains in Delta and other districts.

Crop damage due to heavy rains; Delegation of Ministers to submit report to CM

Minister Siva V Meyyanathan inspecting the damage in Mayiladuthurai on Thursday

CHENNAI: Around 3000 ha samba crops submerged and 150 houses were partially damaged in the continuous rainfall for the past few days in Mayiladuthurai and the government would provide proper compensation for the loss, promised Minister Siva V Meyyanathan on Thursday.

Elaborating, a senior official of State Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department said, Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam, Law Minister S Regupathy and Environment Minister Meyyanathan would meet Chief Minister MK Stalin at the Secretariat on Friday, November 17 and will submit a report over the crop damages in the state. Earlier, the Chief Minister had deputed the above three Ministers and officials to assess crop damage due to rains the districts.

The delegation had carried out field study and met the farmers of all rain-hit districts in the state. The Chief Minister would meet the Ministers and officials on Friday and take appropriate action to provide compensation for the rain-affected crop under an insurance scheme, the senior official added.

Meanwhile, inspecting the Kollidam taluk in Mayiladuthurai where samba crops submerged due to the rains, Minister Meyyanathan said, the district received 16 cm rainfall for the past three days which led to the inundation in several areas. While 1,088 ha samba crops submerged in Sirkazhi and in Kollidam 1,200 ha crops damaged. In Sembanarkoil 600 ha crops submerged. “Thus a total of 3,000 ha samba crops submerged due to the heavy rainfall and a report would be submitted to Chief Minister Stalin with a recommendation of proper compensation,” the Minister said.

Apart from crop damage, as many as 39 livestock died while 150 thatched roofed and tile roofed houses were partially damaged due to the rains, said the Minister. “The Collector has been advised to depute officials to enumerate the damage for proper compensation,” he added. Earlier, the Minister said that the crop insurance claims worth Rs 34 crore has been disbursed through the insurance firms this year. Similar claims would be made after enumeration of crop damage. “At the same time, out of a total 68,000 ha crops, 52,000 ha crops have already been insured and the last date for the insurance has been extended till November 22 and the farmers are advised to insure their crops immediately,” Meyyanathan said.

Mayiladuthurai Collector AP Mahabhrathi, MP S Ramalingam and Sirkazhi MLA M Panneerselvam accompanied the Minister.

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